“Before” Album Music

By Joe Holtaway I've been in love with songwriting for as long as I remember. Some chords, a melody and some words; a sharing from...
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Plum Village “L-O-V-E” Music Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP3Th-5ALSs A music video called "L-O-VE" we shot with monastics and Wake Uppers all over the world right after last summer's Wake Up Earth retreat...

European Wake Up Ambassadors Week

We’re planting seeds of new communities It’s time to wake up! It’s time to wake up together! The European Wake Up Ambassadors had a retreat in...

What Does It Truly Mean to Serve?

During the five weeks I spent volunteering in Athens in October and November last year, the question “What does it truly mean to serve?”...

Mindful Community Living in Athens

With a calming breath and closed eyes, my mind travels back to Athens, Greece, and my first reaction is to smile. A smile born...

The Light That Returns

Some time ago, I watched a silly superhero movie that had some surprising wisdom. Darkness, the truest darkness, is not the absence of light. It...

Plum Village, A Mindfulness Village

by Ilse from Amsterdam, the Netherlands Last Christmas, I experienced a special week in Plum Village, near Bordeaux, in the south of France. I learned...

A Spiritual Practice We Unwittingly do

My spiritual path is this human life. My practice is waking up with a heavy heart and still getting up. Letting myself be washed over by...

The Joys of Just Being Normal

By Gijs A young monk was trying really hard to meditate, but he just was not able to focus properly. Frustrated with himself, he went...

A New Way of Living Relationships

By David Lion I am currently in love with a woman. Basically from the moment we met, I've been aware of a deep connection I find...

Mindfully Angry!? ~ On Our Longing for Authenticity

By Leni It took me a while before I understood the importance of anger. That being angry is not a sin. That you are not...

Blooming Flower

By Alberto Galassi The flower blooms in your consciousness, But this doesn’t mean it is not blooming at all. No barriers between you and me, No blood to...

True Love

During the international Wake Up retreat in France this past summer, one of our Dutch Wake Up friends from Nijmegen, Verena, shared about the...

Broad Bean Soup with Fresh Tarragon

Anneke's Cooking Blog It is that time of year again... broad bean time! It makes me so happy! Last year, on one of the hottest...

Pieces of Emptiness

Dear respected brothers and sisters, dear Wake Up community, My name is Alberto Galassi. I am from Italy, but I have been living in Germany...