Plum Village “L-O-V-E” Music Video

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Happy Farmers Change The World

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By Mick McEvoy “Happy Farmers will change the world.” So reads Thay’s calligraphy. Farming employs over 1.3 billion people throughout the world or close to 40...