Awaken - Meditations on Love, Justice, and Healing
Bite-sized mindfulness and journaling practices that engage with today’s social, political, and cultural moment. If you believe the path to social change and justice for people and planet involves both outer and inner work, Awaken is for you.
Our Founding Teachers - Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Sensei Greg Snyder - are leading lights at the intersection of mindfulness and social change. Their books, teachings, and practice centers are pioneering the inner and outer change-making work that we so desperately need in these times.
A New Kind of Learning
Learning about patriarchy, for example, is not the same as actually seeing - and feeling - how it shows up in our lives. Awaken prioritizes contemplative learning, emphasizing reflection and dialogue to more clearly understand in a personal, embodied way what’s going on in our lives and world.
Racism. Patriarchy. Capitalism. The overwhelm, anxiety, and trauma that results from these (and so many others) aren’t your fault - and yet we must heal from them if we are to live our best lives. Awaken offers practices to hold space for what’s being avoided so we can process and truly heal.
Diving Deep Into Real Life
Much more than mindfulness meditation, our practices are about using mindfulness and centering in presence to dive into our entire lives, from the joyful exploration of art, romance, and sexuality to the difficulties of confronting racism and patriarchy.
We’re Not Alone
Awaken is a place to reflect, share, and learn from each other. We’re stronger together because the impacts of practice are magnified when we do it in community.
Let's Do This
What Awaken members are saying…
“I’ve really enjoyed the conversations with the teachers, and the contemplative exercises allow for further inquiry. The teachers have broken down how internalized oppression operates in incredibly helpful ways.”
“Love is my hardest practice, which is especially clear when I read the news, experience white supremacy at work, or confront old wounds from my childhood. Awaken’s guided meditations are so timely and relevant because they’re rooted in collective liberation. It’s healing that energizes me to keep going.”
“Sh*it is crazy right now and Awaken is how I process. The teachers have this clarity that allows me to not only find my truth but keep it with me as I move through the ups and downs of life.”