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...

Silence.

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by Theo (Danique’s father from Wake Up Groningen, the Netherlands) Around me is silence. Sounds of breathing and the smell of incense slowly disappear into the...

Connecting with my Parents During a Retreat

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Many of us might know the feeling. After a Wake Up retreat finishes, you're taking your first steps into society again, often misleadingly referred...

My Life-Changing Experience at the Wake Up Earth Retreat

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By Wake Up Belgium friend Dear friends. You have given me such treasure. I love you so. Last summer, I discovered the wonderful world of mindfulness. It has...

The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings

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Last month, we published Verena's aspirations to follow the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings in her daily life and to ordain into the Order of Interbeing. Below is her...

How Kids Can Be Happy in Education

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By Gijs van den Broeck My Story This essay is the result of my own experience as a teacher. For little over a year, I taught...

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