Meditation is about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.
Never meditated or been to a mindfulness group before? No worries. All of us were feeling nervous our first time as well. There's no way to do it incorrectly.
Our group is flexible and open. Going to show up a little (or a lot) late? Sure. Have nothing to say? That's OK, we practice deep listening too.
Our rotating peer-facilitators (members who volunteer) guide us through four parts over the course of two hours:
Sitting meditation requires that you know how to sit. That's about all you need to know! You're free to leave between sections and if you feel like you only want to practice deep listening, you don't have to read, discuss or share. Easy.
Each week a different facilitator chooses readings and topics that resonate with them and are relevant to our community. It could be a shared experience (wildfires), political event (election) or interesting topic (sex). Our discussions relate back to mindfulness and are open, lively and respectful.
Dharma Sharing is a time to reflect openly about our own experience and practice. We ask that members speak from the heart, about their own experience and to keep what is said at Wake Up confidential to ensure the safety of our space.
You will notice that many of us will put our hands together and bow before speaking or to acknowledge each other. This is to say that‚ 'the being in me recognizes the being in you‛. You don’t have to do this if you are uncomfortable. We also bow when we are done speaking to let everyone know we have finished.
We use the bell to mark the beginnings and endings of things in our meetings. We say we ‘invite’ the bell—like you would invite a friend—to bring our attention to the present moment. We invite the bell as an invitation to come back to ourselves.