Awakin Mumbai, India

"The practice of meditation is an act of kindness, for others as well as for yourself." ‑‑Thanissaro Bhikku

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   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 December, 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:

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FAQ ...

  • What's the flow? At 7:00PM sharp, an hour of collective silence; at 8:00PM, circle of haring; and at 9:00PM, a shared meal in silence.

  • How many people attend? Serendipity typically brings together 20-40 diverse folks.

  • Is there a Guru or teacher? No. Our hope is the we learn from each other, and from the collective circle.

  • Do you host other local events? Yes. Please check out Moved by Love.

  • I'm not local! You can join another location or perhaps even start your own!

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Thank you!

We are profoundly grateful that our paths have crossed in this sacred way. Please do get in touch if you have any questions. We look forward to growing in stillness and service, together.