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Silent Rebellion: Bringing Stillness to Edinburgh City Centre

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St Mary's Catholic Cathedral

61 York Place



United Kingdom

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Mindfulness meditation in the busy heart of Edinburgh

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As the Climate and Ecological Emergency intensifies around us, join Earth Holders Edinburgh for a Silent Rebellion, bringing mindfulness to the busy city centre.

Let’s pause the treadmill of activity for little while and simply rest in silence. We will sit together in meditation or silent contemplation in a public space at the heart of Edinburgh, expressing our love for the Earth and all life.

[Over the winter consumerism season, our usual venue next to the National Gallery has been occupied by the not-so-mindful Underbelly Christmas Market, so we'll be moving to a new location, outside St Mary's Cathedral near John Lewis. We'll be back in our usual location in January.]

Coming together in this way can be a powerful experience, and even more so in a busy public space. By meditating together in the midst of consumerism, we can openly express our choice to live with contentment and gratitude, knowing that true happiness isn’t found in accumulating material wealth and doesn’t need to come with a hefty carbon footprint attached.

By reflecting deeply, we realise our inter-connectedness and how ensuring a safe future for all life on Earth is the only way to ensure a safe and happy future for ourselves.

The Silent Rebellion is about safe, meditative actions, which are non-confrontational and don't involve civil disobedience. We will be socially united but physically distanced according to the latest regulations. We won’t be deliberately disrupting anyone.

Please bring along:

  • a mask or other face covering
  • a cushion, stool or chair as required (if available)
  • placards and banners for display (optional)
  • warm clothes
  • wet weather gear if rain is forecast

We will meditate for 90 minutes - alternating between sitting and walking meditation. Please feel free to join us for any amount of time during that period – dropping in and out is welcome.

The event will include guided meditation as well as simply sitting in peaceful silence. Those with no prior experience are very welcome. At the start of the event there will be a beginner-friendly guided meditation and experienced meditation practitioners will answer any questions and offer support.

Earth Holders Edinburgh is a community taking mindful action for Mother Earth. We practice non-violent direct action for the sake of our beloved planet and all life. We see this as an integral part of our spiritual life, balancing the inner path of mindfulness with the outer path of action. We come from different spiritual traditions, and are open to members of all faiths and none. We draw strength and wisdom from our connection with nature and with the Earth. We are an evolving and inclusive group actively seeking new members. You can sign up to our newsletter or see our full purpose statement here.

The Silent Rebellion movement originated in Cambridge, where XR Cambridge has held several peaceful public meditations.

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Upcoming Silent Rebellion dates:

Sat 18 December 2021 (Yule) — Outside St Mary's Cathedral, near John Lewis. Hosted by Maria and Robert

Sat 15 January 2022 — Back in the usual location by the National Galleries.

Sat 19 February

Sat 19 March (Ostara)

Sat 16 April

Sat 14 May

Sat 11 June

Sat 16 July

Sat 13 August (Lughnasa)

Sat 10 September

Sat 8 October

Sat 5 November (Samhain)

Sat 10 December — Outside St Mary's Cathedral, near John Lewis.

Sat 7 January 2023

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St Mary's Catholic Cathedral

61 York Place



United Kingdom

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