6 Incredible Global Mass Meditation
The results of meditation will vary depending on your motivation… However, one thing is for sure, the benefits are limitless. They range from the simple opportunity to achieve some much needed silence at the end of the day, to enhancing brain performance, to being able to self-heal through the purification of our winds, and to achieving enlightenment.
At the end of 2014, Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) started the 2D/1N Inner Peace Retreat. With the retreats facilitated by Li Kheng, and organized by Jennifer Yuen, the retreat initially ran as a monthly program… but due to the popular demand, the retreats were increased to twice a month.
Kechara’s Inner Peace Retreat is specifically designed to be short, but offers city dwellers the opportunity to realize peace and happiness through breathing and walking meditation.
Many people come to KFR with the simple intention of getting away from the city and to enjoy the fresh forest air… but by engaging in the program, they also learn techniques that they can bring back with them to the city to develop their inner peace.
It’s not surprising that our programs have been doing so well. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years in the East, and since the 60s, has become increasingly popular in the West.
Below are 6 mass meditation sessions held at the most unexpected places. Enjoy!
1. New York, USA
Every year, the famous Big Apple plays host to the event, “Solstice in Time Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga”. Approximately 16,000 people gather at the city’s busiest square for an event which has a full schedule of classes all day.
Each class runs for an hour, and ranges from meditation classes to Bikram yoga. Although the main aim is to celebrate the summer solstice, practitioners being in Time Square are provided with the rare opportunity to develop inner peace in one of the busiest cities on Earth.
2. London, UNITED KINGDOM
The practice of meditation in London is picking up, and in good speed.
In 2011, a group of 16 to 35-year-olds called Wake Up London (inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh), organized a Meditation Flash Mob in Trafalgar Square. The total number of registered participants was 500, but taking a glance at the above image will prove that a lot more people showed up!
Gathering at 6:30pm at Trafalgar Square, the session started with a chant and continued with a peaceful 30-minute meditation. The main aim was to demonstrate how anyone can sit down and experience inner silence amidst the hustle and bustle of the English capital.
3. Mexico City, MEXICO
Dubbed the “Naamathon”, in 2012 a mass yoga and meditation session was held in metropolitan Mexico City. The event was organized by Naam Yoga LA, based in Los Angeles, Santa Monica where they hold various classes free of charge.
15,000 people came together with the motivation of doing something positive and good for their city and country. This was achieved through the chanting of prayers and mantras in order to create positive vibrations of healing, love, and peace.
4. New Delhi, INDIA
As economically powerful and progressive as she may be, India remains deeply spiritual. Clad in white, 35,000 people sat behind their Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and engaged in a 35-minute session of yoga and meditation earlier this year.
The historical event was held on International Yoga Day at the center of the capital. Prime Minister Modi started the session with a prayer and chant, where the national message sent out was one of universal love, peace and unity.
5. Kaoh Siung, TAIWAN
In 2014, Fo Guang Shan (a Buddhist organization) organized a mass meditation in the southern city of Taiwan, Kaoh Siung. 40,000 participants came from various countries around the world, and from all corners of Taiwan to gather in one place to pray.
The occasion included a candlelight ceremony, mantra chanting for world peace and compassion, and there was even Dharma-inspired performances.
6. New York, USA
We end our list back in New York City where Central Park became the venue for ‘The Big Quiet’, a 20-minute mass meditation session. For the first time in history, the park saw 1,500 people who, although vastly diverse in their background, were brought together by their interest in meditation.
The Big Quiet was organized by Medi Club, a network of 500 young professionals who meditate together monthly in a SoHo loft. In a city where silence is sacred, it’s no surprise that very little promotion was needed for The Big Quiet. Having the ability to remain unfazed and at peace in a high-stress city is invaluable.
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