Whether you’ve mastered the art of meditation or not, you would probably agree that it is one of the best ways to generate inner peace and to connect with yourself.
The skill of switching off and transcending into a much deeper and spiritual place is a beautiful journey only you can make, which is why it’s often practiced alone.
However, imagine taking the energy and light that is generated in our solo practice and combining it with a large group meditating with a shared intention? Imagine the profound and powerful benefits not only to the individual, but to the group and anyone observing? It signifcantly has the power to influence change not only in ourselves, but in society.
Bringing Change Through Shared Intention
Coming together with a shared intention can have a great social impact. Some of the greatest promoters of peace in history spread their message by bringing people together to celebrate love, life and peace. While more recently, group meditation held at Occupy Wall Street made headlines as they meditated for social change. In the face of social and political unrest, there is something incredibly powerful about such a peaceful and spiritual display. It plants the seed of social change and has the power to influence in a way violence never can, as the change needs to start with us.
As Mahatma Gandhi famously said:
“Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Anyone who has ever lived in a big city can vouch for the fact that it can be just as lonely being a number among many, as it can be living remotely if you do not have a good support network. Despite passing hundreds, possibly thousands of people on route to work, it has the ability to make you feel invisible and alone.
Group meditation not only brings us together, but it connects our souls on such a deep and meaningful level, so powerful in fact, we feel the energy of the people around us without contact and with our eyes closed.
Having the security of other people around you while you meditate can also help you stay committed to your practice. By sharing the common goal of bringing your focus inwards, you become disciplined as a team and can feel the energy of that shared intention filtering through your body and mind.
Interested in giving it a go? This Sunday, 29 July, there will be a global group meditation session taking place to promote world peace. While this event will take place in the comfort of your own home, you will have a chance to become part of a global and spiritual demonstration for peace.
What’s your experience with group meditation? Tell us about the benefits it’s had in your life, not only with regards to your practice, but whether you’ve seen any changes in your community or on a grander scale.