Waking up to Wisdom
In Stillness and Community

Awakin Mumbai

"All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts." --Vinoba Bhave

Every week, a few of us come together to sit in silence for an hour, share some aha-moments for the second hour and often have a light meal afterwards. There no teachers, or agendas. Inspired by a family who has done this for more than decade every week, Awakin Circles are just a space to come together and share in a context of stillness, community and service.

To attend this week, simply register in the right column and you'll be emailed all the details. There is no charge and no one is expected to bring anything but their lovely presence. The evening's format is as follows:

7:00PM An hour of collective silence; its unguided, without any instructions or music. For first-timers, this primer on meditation may be helpful.
8:00PM A short reading (sent out earlier via email), followed by a circle of sharing of "aha" moments from everyday life.
9:00PM A vegetarian meal, offered in silence. Those who stay afterwards are invited to offer time for local community projects.

All Awakin Circles are hosted in homes of everyday people. Sachi Maniar has been hosting the Ville Parle Circles for several years; Deven Shah has been hosting in Navi Mumbai for over a year; Bhumi Mathuria has been hosting the Kandivli Circle for many months while Bhuvana has just recently started in Bandra. There are also a few other pilots emerging in various other areas; to stay updated, please subscribe to our Mumbai newsletter (in the right column) and we'll keep you posted.

Other Local Activities

Upcoming Events: In Dec 2013, we had a 1-day Retreat with 40 inspired change agents from Mumbai neighborhoods; coming up in February, we are hosting an evening of inspiration with 300 friends.

Seva Café: Volunteers gather periodically to serve meals with generosity, whenever a suitable restaurant or community space is made available. Here is a blog from their first gathering in January and a video put together by a guest.

To serve, attend as a guest or simply stay in the loop, register here.

Art with Heart: These gatherings, usually held on the weekend involve volunteers making small expressions of beauty together. Creations from these efforts often go towards decorating Seva Café’s across the country, for retreats or simply as part of Wisdom Crafts as gifts to noble friends.

Retreats: Every four to six months, local volunteers will spend a weekend together (at the Gandhi Ashram), where we deepen our shared experience of "hands, head, and heart". This is inspired by various "Moved By Love" retreats in Ahmedabad (some stories).

Kindness: We usually convene at a pre-decided space and engage in a few acts of kindness like offering food or visiting a local non-profit to serve.

Recent Inspiring Stories

Circle of Giving, in Mumbai
Friendship Day in Mumbai
Seva Cafe at Shantivan

Gifts on a Birthday: a new trend that involves doing acts of kindness for birthdays of friends. Like this video by 23 year old Bhumi: