On Chopra.com, Deepak Chopra M.D. explains the Power of Group Meditation, something practiced weekly by the members of Prepare for Change Network. While our group focus is toward global peace and the evolution of consciousness this article presents its many benefits for its practitioners. If ay one needs to know the reasons why we meditate every week this article will give them a good education.
By Deepak Chopra
Meditation has so many advantages that it’s become more popular than ever. Health, well-being, and mental processes improve with meditation and, over time, the benefits increase steadily. If meditation works so well for an individual, perhaps that power is amplified in a group. It could accelerate and expand everything. Let’s go into the possibilities.
At the most practical level, group meditation reinforces your desire to make it a daily practice. We all lead busy lives, and even the best intention to meditate can get lost once in a while. Joining a group can make you more committed to your practice. But a group can also represent a meditation lifestyle that inspires every member.
The Meditation Lifestyle
In the Indian spiritual tradition, this lifestyle has been condensed into three words derived from Sanskrit, each beginning with “S.”
- Seva: Service without regard for the self. In service your actions harm no one and benefit everyone. You spread the influence of peace, which you have found personally in meditation.
- Simran: Remembrance. In meditation you contact your source, the true self, and thus you remember who you really are. As you learn more about your true nature, your purpose for being here strengthens.
- Satsang: Communing with others and sharing knowledge. You want to belong in the community of peace and wisdom, a desire that can be shared with others who are like-minded.
These three S-words describe the ideal life of any spiritual person. But just as crucial, they unlock a power that materialism can’t defeat, as a rock can’t defeat the rain even though one is hard and the other soft, or as a tree can’t defeat the wind even though one is solid and the other invisible. Power can sound abstract, but satisfaction isn’t. With each S-word comes a satisfaction that is built from your meditation practice when you begin to share its fruits.