Ordination Gift to My Sister

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On September 9th, 2018, my sister was ordained at Deer Park Monastery along with nine other new...
Extinction Rebellion in New York

Mindfulness and Extinction Rebellion

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In less than 15 minutes, we were surrounded by over 70 NYPD uniforms. A young, short, and...

Crossing the Mexican-US Border

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By Jane from Wake Up San Francisco Walking through busy downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp...

Lessons Learned from Living with Monastics

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By Leo Widrich Have you ever felt like you needed a big reset of...

Building a Unified Community

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Connecting Wake Up and All-Ages Sanghas By Bryan Hindert A fellow Wake Upper shared an insight during a recent retreat closing circle. He was surprised to...

Mindful Eating, Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving, today Deep looking, this corn connects Painful histories Slow mindful eating Corn plants descended, growing from Kindness, exploited Giving thanks today On stolen land, borrowed time, Our inheritance. Tell the whole story So...

Being Myself in a Challenging Learning Environment

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By Jadzia Tedeschi Saturday, October 21, 2017 Today, we had an extraordinary half-day of classes. You know, to supplement our learning. 8:00 History: “Good morning! Let’s begin...

Working Meditation

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By Brandon Rennels The first time I stepped into a monastery was the fall of 2011 at Deer Park in California. I arrived on a...

Walking Home

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Walking gently My feet are cold But I keep my ancestors warm In the living room of my heart Come sit around the fireplace We will make room. Sorrow, please...

Mindful Meal

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By Logan Scott Mitchell It’s the day before Father’s Day as I write this story about a mindful meal. Tomorrow will be my third Father’s...

Home Is Closer Than You Think

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Enjoy listening to Home Is Closer Than You Think, sung by Brian Kimmel from Wake Up Seattle, Washington, USA. https://youtu.be/Wycq8qmQVuA

The Momentum of Loving Inward

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By Jonathan Borella One question commonly asked at meditation retreats is how to keep up the momentum of practice after going home and returning to...

I Am Everything

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Plum Village Children’s Program By Jadzia Tedeschi A few shrieks, giggles in the background, a rolling Spanish rrr, some expressive Italian gesticulation, a fresh generation of...

Listening Deeply in Today’s Political Climate

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By Jonathan Borella Dear friend, We've met in person before. A couple times actually. In those moments, I appreciated your large and gentle presence. I felt...

North American Wake Up Care-Taking Council

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Dear friends, On behalf of our current North American Wake Up Care-Taking Council (NAWUCTC), we would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and...