Actually, Meditation and Party do go together
If you're curious about learning to meditate, you're in great company.
Millions of people get the benefits of this widespread practice -- from busy parents and stressed out students and all of us average Joe and Jolene's, to elite athletes, CEO's, celebs, and our world's top leaders. We're all looking for the same thing.
To be at our best. Whatever that means for you personally.
Friends around the world are getting together to meditate and hang out.
Just like you're more likely to get in a great workout if you do it with a group, planning a get-together that includes meditation means you'll definitely meditate that day AND you'll have fun with your people.
So what does a meditation party look like?
Gather humans (non-humans optional).
Follow a guided meditation (see below).
Eat drink and be merry (and healthier).
- Invite people. For scheduling, it's common to allow 45 minutes to an hour for meditation activities, followed by drinks, dinner, Netflix night, or whatever your squad likes to do together!
- Clear floor space. Rugs, pillows, blankets, chairs are all helpful so people have a comfy place to sit.
- Get settled from the start. People can find a spot to sit as they come in. Take shoes off if you're cool with that.
- Meditate with the resources below! We suggest 20-30 minutes, or try a few different activities at 5-15 minutes each.
- After the meditation, allow time for people to think, talk, ask questions. It's usually pretty quiet and cozy for a few minutes -- as the chatty energy starts to pick up, break out the snacks and drinks!
- Snack. And drink. Or do whatever you and your friends normally do when they get together at your house!
The one with the Experienced Friend
That one friend has been meditating for years. Perhaps they've gone to retreats or classes, and have a regular habit. They still don’t have to feel like an expert! Meditation is a constant learning process.
- Tell the group how you got into it, WHY you do it, and very literally what you do -- how do you sit, where, when, for how long, what do you tell your partner or kids so they don't interrupt you?
- Bring along one guided meditation that you use, or if you don't use guided content, consider if you ever did and bring one from the resources section below that feels in line with what you typically do. You may be comfortable enough to guide a group meditation yourself.
The one with the Local Instructor
Invite an expert! This is also a good option if you'd like to host a group at your office.
How to find one and what to say:
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The one where Nobody Knows What We're Doing
A common one. We got you.
- Gather 3 of the activities below. We suggest trying a few different ones for about 10 minutes each, with time in between to talk about what you liked, what was weird, and the funny or difficult thoughts that arose while doing it.
Meditation is a lot of exploring, it's all about finding a kind of meditation that you feel you could stick to. It becomes like a tool in your pocket you can always rely on, so it helps to be exposed to a few different kinds. And don't tell anyone we said this, but it's okay not to like every single kind of meditation or mindfulness activity!
PS: Yes, you can do it, you are doing it right, and it is working. How do we know? Well, we've worked through this with a LOT of people who say: "I just can't do it," "I don't know if I'm doing it right," or "I can't tell if it's working." We're working to get rid of these barriers - in the meantime, take a little confidence from us by using our tips, take the pressure off, and experiment a bit. Like we said, we got you.
The one like a Book Club
Or add to your existing Book Club, Netflix night, or meetup!
You already meet regularly! You already sit together! Get an extra healthy boost by adding a little group meditation. Or, start a meditation club instead of a book club.
- Pick a different meditation activity for each time.
- a) Try it together as a group in the meetup, or b) have the group try it on their own between meetups, or c) have a different person each time learn about an activity beforehand and then teach it to the group.
- You are each others' accountability buddies - set goals of how much you'll try to meditate in between meetups and check in with each other!
Activities and Resources
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