Over time we can become frayed and thread bare as the fabric of ourselves is tugged in a thousand different directions by life. Thankfully there is a remedy that is a deeply nurturing tonic to our whole Self. A remedy that is available to us always, once we’ve been taught. The medication is meditation.
Meditation can draw the currents of the mind into a more refined and organized pattern, like the rhythm of the ocean tides being guided by the luminous moon above. For us that new pattern creates clarity and harmony, dissolving the state of imbalance and chaos we can find ourselves in. And everyone can learn how to harness this power.
If you have tried meditating on your own though, you’ve probably noticed how hard it can be. If you have a yearning to establish a meditation practice, but have had trouble getting it going, a group meditation class is a great resource. Group meditation is powerful. As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
What can group meditation do?
- The combined energy can help you to experience a deeper meditative space, more easily.
- In this type of setting you can receive guidance and support, which makes meditation more accessible.
- Practicing with a group helps to develop a habit of consistency, which is needed to get the deep, long lasting effects.
- We are social animals who thrive in groups and studies have shown that loneliness is bad for our health, so imagine the double benefits of meditation with a collection of awesome, higher consciousness seeking people.
All it takes is a little bit of consistent practice, which is sometimes easier said than done. This is one reason I’ve been offering a five week class series for meditation at Kashi Atlanta. The change needed to create a habit of meditation doesn’t have to be drastic in the beginning to be effective. We can start small, gradually increasing and building the practice. This gradual approach to changing habits is actually proven to be better and produces more success in creating true, long lasting change.
There are so many meditation resources now, which is really incredible, but at the same time it can be daunting to know which one is best for you. My teacher always says “Learning meditation is easy. Doing it is hard.” Establishing your own individual practice is challenging for sure, but not impossible.
A group meditation class with a teacher and other students offers an experience which creates a strong container that makes it easier to hold your focus and dive deep into the practices. Showing up at the same time every week creates a consistency and effort that is integral to igniting a dedicated practice. Although there are websites, apps, and books to help you get started on your own, they can’t really replace the structure and guidance you get in a meditation group. I think together they have the potential to be a potent mix capable of launching your practice to the next level.
My next class series is starting again very soon. I’ve crafted it so that for five weeks at a time you’ll be guided through juicy techniques, discussion and practices of meditation. This is perfect for people who have that curiosity and sense of wonder when it comes to the epic possibilities of meditation.
Check out some of these samples from past classes I’ve recorded. I share things like this with the people who sign up for my series as a bonus to keep them plugged in and engaged between the times we meet for class.
I’m excited to be offering another series starting Thursday, April 6th. We’ll meet once a week, between 6:30 – 7:30 pm. If you’re interested, I’m offering an early registration discount until Thursday, March 30th. Please visit http://kashiatlanta.org/workshops/meditation-series-the-inner-universe-3/ to learn more and sign up online or call Kashi Atlanta at (404) 687-3353.