Have you ever seen a flash mob? Better yet, have you been in one? The sight of a big group of people gathering to suddenly dance, sing or do anything at all in a public space can be exhilarating.
Here's something different: a meditation mob. That's right - a mob of people doing pretty much nothing at all. Together!
Mindfulness meditation is a powerful - yet simple - technique traditionally practised in the East to cultivate calmness and acceptance. In the West, it's increasingly being used by health professionals to help treat a variey of health conditions, from chronic pain to anxiety.
Smiling Mind is an initiative of James Tutton and Jane Martino. The program teaches young people to focus on the 'here and now', helping them become calmer and happier. Tutton, who founded the popular Moonlight Cinema, has recruited heavy-hitting celebrities like Fuzzy Agolley and Claire Bowditch to help get the word out.
A pilot program is being introduced in schools at present. It's described as a 'tool to lower stress, increase resilience and positively impact mental health and wellbeing'.
To gain media attention, on Tuesday, 2 October, they're gathering in Federation Square for Melbourne's first ever 'Meditation Mob'. For five minutes, as many people as possible will participate in a seated, five-minute guided meditation.
Attendance should be registered at email@example.com. Your registration will be acknowledged by email.
Social networks are helping spread the word (@Smiling_Mind and Facebook); now it's up to you to share with anyone you know.
Come along with an open mind - you've nothing to lose but your stress.