Recently I stumbled across an article on a meditation flashmob. I’m intrigued by the idea of all these very different people gathering in public places to join together in what is usually a private, solitary pursuit.
You might be wondering, what is a meditation flashmob? A meditation flashmob is a gathering of people that sit in meditation in a public location, usually no longer than an hour. They are organised a month before via social media: Meetup.com and the Wake Up London weekly newsletter.
The intention is to raise awareness of meditation in public, unite people from all backgrounds, cultures and faiths together and send positive intentions out to the world. These individuals come together to celebrate their very real capacity to generate peace here and now: this being the peace of meditation that they can offer to our cities and to the world.
What has the response been like so far? What was the first one like? The first one surprisingly had a big turn-out. It was in the middle of Trafalgar Square on a hot Thursday evening in June 2011. Not long after the event invitation was set up, it seemed like it went viral; hundreds of people signed up to attend week after week.
One of the participants described, when it was time to start, sitting down in the middle of Trafalgar Square. A bell was sounded. When she opened her eyes to join in the sound bath (which is when everyone can chant sounds together towards the end), to her amazement, there were hundreds of people sitting in concentric circles around her. She had never imagined that being in the middle of Trafalgar Square could feel this peaceful.
The flash mob finished with three sounds of the bell, and she opened her eyes again and looked around, feeling so much gratitude to the people sitting so beautifully around her.
What a simple, powerful, unusual way to celebrate our capacity to create peace within ourselves!