Whether you have been meditating for years or have never tried meditating, group meditation can improve your spiritual journey. Harnessing energy from the group will deepen your practice, provide you with support, and grow your inspiration. The interconnectedness of the group helps to align you with your spirituality, grow your compassion, and open your heart up to people that come into your life. The benefits of group meditation range from personal to communal and can have a powerful effect on our lives.
A Unique Experience: During group meditation, your energy frequency attunes to those around you. This creates a unique atmosphere that cultivates an experience distinct from meditating alone. Visualizations, emotions or deep concentration often are connected to group meditation. If you have the chance to talk with the group at the end of the session, you may find that others experienced some of the same things as you, such as seeing a particular color or image. No matter what you experience when you meditate alone, the power of group energy can amplify your practice.
Creating a Peaceful Community: A remarkable study in 1993 in Washington, D.C., proved the energy of group meditation lowered violence and crime by 23% during an 8-week period. People who weren’t participating in the meditation were experiencing more peaceful energy in their lives.
“What we do as a group together is we create a very powerful influence on the larger level of consciousness,” Raymond Prohs, chairman of the Long Island Capital of the Age of Enlightenment in Northport told the New York Times in August 1993.
Imagine the ripple effect a single group meditation can have on those who participate and every person the group members come in contact with. The extra compassion, gratitude, and peacefulness demonstrated by the group to others can change the way they behave as well.
New Insights: Whether you are part of a meditation workshop lead by an instructor or a group that self-leads, attending group meditation exposes you to new techniques, philosophies, and styles of meditation. Learning and sharing from other mediators will give you new tools to add into your solo practice. Diversifying your meditations at-home will keep it fresh and fun while also allowing you to deepen your spiritual journey.
Spiritual Support: Every experience with daily meditation varies. Some days you may have a deep, peaceful meditation, while others you struggle to even find a comfortable seat. If you struggle to become centered, your meditation may become focused on providing positive energy to those around you instead of solely on yourself. On the other hand, if you often struggle staying centered, the energy from others can provide you with the support and guidance you need to experience deep meditation.
Refreshed Motivation: Not only will you feel the support from those around you during meditation, but the presence of others also acts as motivation. For a beginner, being surrounded by more advanced mediators will help inspire you to continue on your spiritual journey. Sharing time with like-minded people will also help refresh your will power and bring you back to center when you’ve strayed from your path or your personal energy feels stagnant.
Meditating with others makes it personally and socially more profound. Do you have a group meditation you want to share with us? Post your info on your group meditations in the comments below!