How To Begin Group Meditation|Health Benefits
We all have hectic lives these days. After all, to accomplish something in life you need strive hard and that gets translated to busy lives. So what is the way out? Well, it is meditation. Meditation has become so popular due to its ability to improve health, well-being and mental peace. When meditation can work so well for a single person, won’t its power get amplified when in a group? It could help accelerate and expand everything! Let us have a look!
Being practical, group meditation makes you be regular with your daily practice. Meditation time may otherwise get lost somewhere in the busy work schedules. When you join a group, you get more committed to your everyday practice. It may represent a meditation lifestyle that will inspire each group member.
According to the Indian spiritual tradition, meditation lifestyle has been condensed into 3 words beginning with an ‘S’ (derived from Sanskrit).
Seva- It means service without thinking of oneself. In service your actions benefit everyone and don’t harm anyone. You spread peace that you have personally found in meditation.
Simran- It means remembrance. While meditating you reach out for your true self, which makes you remember you who really are. Your purpose for being gets strengthened as you know your true nature.
Satsang- It means communing with others and sharing your knowledge. You want to belong to the community of peace and wisdom and share this desire with like-minded people.
The above mentioned ‘S’ words describe the life of a spiritual person. They are capable of unlocking a power that materialism cannot defeat, just like how a rock cannot defeat rain even when one is hard and the other is soft or like how a tree cannot defeat wind even when one is hard and the other is invisible. Your meditation practice builds a satisfaction that comes from each ‘S’ word.
Seva brings forth the joy that your daily actions support life. You become a part of the Earth’s evolution and not its degradation. You will live being at peace with your conscience because you have fulfilled your duty to the most sacred level.
Simran brings in the satisfaction of expanded possibilities. You are not just one human being lost in the sea of humanity. You will be able to find your true self. A unique way is opened for you and for the group at a silent level.
Satsang brings forth the satisfaction of having the rest of the human family as a part of you. The older generation and the younger generation are not separated by a gap any longer. They work towards eliminating poverty, violence and ignorance.
Amplifying your meditation experience by group meditation
The values mentioned above arise spontaneously. They are not an ideology that you stick to. Even though meditation is an individual’s practice, it grows profound both personally and socially when done in groups.
In every tradition, meditation is not just a way to seek inner knowledge. It has the capability of transforming the world! There is an ongoing research on the power of group meditation. It has been going on for several decades. The results say what ancient sages used to say- there is greater peace near the enlightened. At the individual level we may not see ourselves as enlightened beings but the group effects multiplies every single member.
However, any group effect will only be effective when the people who have joined it feel that they have gained more than what they can achieve alone at home. It has been observed that meditators feel less lonely and more connected to others when they meditate in groups. They meditate deeper and are able to tap more profound silence in comparison to what they experience while meditating alone.
It is certainly worth a try to find a meditation group near your house or to form your own group. You can join local group meditation meet-ups at temples in your local temples. Search online too in order to find meditation groups.
Remember, together you can change the world!
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