Meditating and praying as a group has its advantages. You can pray for one another and exchange feedback and teach each other, also it’s an excellent stress reliever. You’re more likely to show up regularly because you want to see your friends, and you feel like they’re counting on you. Most of all, you can pool your energy so that you achieve greater realizations and peace of mind.
If you’re ready to share your prayer and practice, take a look at these 3 simple approaches to finding prayer and meditation groups.
The All-Encompassing Approach
Contemplate gratitude. It’s easier to cherish others when you focus on their kindness. Spend a minute thinking about the stranger who holds a door for you or a salesclerk who goes the extra mile.
Meditate on helpfulness. When you can’t offer practical assistance, you can still give others your best wishes. Imagine feeding the hungry or curing the sick.
Welcome irritations. Prayer and Meditation isn’t all smiles and hugs. Instead of backing away from someone you find annoying, open your heart. Try to see the situation through their eyes.
The Local Approach
Prayer and Meditation is more powerful when you integrate it into your daily routine. Deepen your relationships by sharing your practice with those close to you.
Team up with friends. Praying and examining your mind could take your friendships to another level. Invite your pals to sit together. You may be surprised by what you learn about each other.
Reach out at work. If you spend long hours at the office, you may want to invite some of your colleagues to join you for a little quiet time. Ask if you can use the conference room or visit a nearby park.
Get physical. Prayer and Meditating is good for your body as well as your mind. Plus, exercises that correct your posture and increase your flexibility make it more comfortable to sit for extended periods. There may be another member of your gym or yoga studio who would love to work some meditation into their workouts.
Ask around at church. Meditation encourages spiritual growth as well as relaxation. If you already have a faith community, you might want to add meditation to your usual group activities.
The Technological Approach
You probably wouldn’t dream of taking a trip without going online to look up air fares and weather forecasts. Let the internet help you on your spiritual journey too.
Broaden your perspective. You may not have the time and money to travel to India, but you can communicate online with Christians in Cleveland or any state for that matter. Seek inspiration and learn from what others are doing.
Pray and Meditate anytime. While face-to-face contacts are usually more intimate, the internet is there for you around the clock. Chat on forums or listen to podcasts when it’s too late to call a friend.
There is power in numbers. Praying and meditating as a community will help you to feel more connected to others and God, plus reinvigorate your spiritual practice.
Rachale Kelley is a life and online business coach who believes every parent should have a way to escape their 9-5 so that they can have more time freedom with their family, including having access to systems and strategies that will keep them from becoming overwhelmed while pursuing their dreams.
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