Wake Up UK is a network of young people in the UK, aged between 18 and 35, who practise mindfulness inspired by the teachings of Zen master, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh.
We are part of Wake Up, an active global community and movement that was founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in the Plum Village Meditation Centre, south-west France in 2008.
What we do
We come together to practice mindfulness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society. We encourage young people to join or start a local community that can practise regularly together.
Practising together as a community of friends, we can create a strong collective energy of mindfulness that can nourish our joy, heal our pains and develop our understanding and love.
Our practice is based on cultivating awareness of the breath and living deeply in the present moment, aware of what is happening within us and around us. This practice helps us to release the tension in our bodies and feelings, to live life deeply and more happily, and to use compassionate listening and loving speech to help restore communication and reconcile with others.
We follow the Five Mindfulness Trainings, which are ethical guidelines that offer concrete practices of true love and compassion, and a path towards a life in harmony with each other and the Earth. These guidelines are the foundation of our lives and represent our ideal of service.
We are of all nationalities and of all faiths – or none. We are open to all who hold an aspiration to transform themselves and contribute to a more healthy and compassionate society.
The Wake Up movement is inspired by Buddhism’s long tradition of wisdom and practices which help cultivate understanding and love; it is not based on beliefs or ideology. The spirit of our practice is close to the spirit of science; both help us cultivate an open and non-discriminating mind. We honour everyone’s diverse spiritual and cultural roots. You can join as a Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jew, or Muslim as well as an agnostic, atheist or member of any other spiritual or religious tradition.
If you are a young person inspired to cultivate mindfulness and compassion in your life, we invite you to join the Wake Up movement in the UK or any other country you’re based in. Wake Up offers a way to pool our energy and act collectively, to create the world we want to live in! Anyone can get together and form a Wake Up community wherever they are. Please let us know what you are planning to do and what you are trying to achieve. We will do our best to support you.
Check out the Wake Up communities in the UK.