Meditation flashmob takes over Trafalgar Square

Flash Mobs are large groups of people who gather “spontaneously” in a public place, perform an unusual act then quickly disperse. On June 2, the Wake Up London sangha organized a flashmob meditation in London’s Tragalgar Square, which attracted several hundred participants. The event was modeled on public meditations such as the one in Austin, Texas, that took place this spring.

The project’s goals included creating an environment for people from all walks of life to come together in meditation, spreading awareness of meditation to the public, and coming together as a community to send positive intentions out into the world.

At 6:32PM a female member of Wake Up London started meditating between the square’s two large fountains. Over the next few minutes she was joined by others for a 20 minute silent meditation, which was followed by an hour of freeform chanting, which the group called a “sound bath.”

More images of the flashmob meditation are available on the group’s Facebook page.

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Sounding Buddhism for June 6 2011 « imagining the real world
June 6, 2011 1:05 pm

[…] flashmobs are already a bit passé, but I thought this meditation flashmob in Trafalgar Square was pretty neat.  h/t Danny […]


I sawa movie of a meditation group before this Trafalgar one, and I was not moved by it. And I would not have been moved much by the Trafalgar group if I had been there. I meditate twice a day at home and believe in Buddhist meditation and philosophy whole heartedly, but I do not think thet public demos of meditation do much good, because who wants to see an individual or group just sitting and looking solomenly at their navels. Meditation is an internal thing, inside our own minds. Quite frankly I was more impressed in efficacy of meditation by the videos on Utube? of a Thai monk being dowsed with kerosene and then set alight, and noting his calmness!

What Is A Yoga Mob? - PSFK
June 17, 2011 12:20 pm

[…] the idea of a flashmob of people meditating? In Trafalgar Square? I didn’t care for the idea. It seemed to either present meditation as a […]


[…] the idea of a flashmob of people meditating? In Trafalgar Square? I didn’t care for the idea. It seemed to either present meditation as a […]

Flavorwire » Are Meditation Flash Mobs The New Planking?
July 30, 2011 1:01 pm

[…] that it’s only MedMob — last month, Wake Up London organized a meditation flash mob in Trafalgar Square, and Black Swan Yoga created this video of their own event in Austin, Texas. Photo via […]


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