Meditate and chill
Friends around the world are getting together to meditate and hang out.
why not make it social?
If you've been thinking 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.
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 activity (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. As the 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.
Experienced Friend (maybe this is you!):
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 you've used, or guide one yourself!
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 10 minutes each, with time in between to talk about what you liked, what was weird, and the funny or difficult thoughts that came up.
Meditation is all about exploring - finding a kind of meditation that you feel you can stick to. And in case you have doubts: you aren't doing it wrong, you can do it, and it is working! How do we know? Well, we've worked with a LOT of people who ask those questions. Take a little confidence from us by using our tips, take the pressure off, and experiment a bit.
the one like a book club
Start a meditation club, or add to your existing Book Club, Netflix night, or meetup. Pick a different meditation activity for each time, and:
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 for how much you'll try to meditate in between meetups and check in with each other!
the one with the local instructor
Invite an expert! This also a great option if you'd like to host a group at your office. How to find one and what to say.
-- Coming soon! Note: If you are a meditation instructor and are interested in being included in this network when it launches, contact firstname.lastname@example.org --
ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES
THINGS TO READ
Article: Meditation for People Who Don't Meditate (humorous starting point to share with your group)
Website: The Huffington Post on Meditation (full of light, easy-to-digest tips about fitting meditation into life)
Book: Full Catastrophe Living by John Kabat-Zinn (the down-to-earth man guy who created Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, leading to scientific studies on mindfulness meditation with amazing results)
Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (he's a little out there for some, but he's certainly got some wisdom and effective techniques for ya)
Book: The Mindful Athlete by George Mumford (not just for athletes - but he taught Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to meditate, and who wouldn't want to perform under pressure like them??)
Headspace: 10 free meditations guided by a friendly British guru. You can repeat the free 10 all you want.
Smiling Mind: Get your kids started! Non-profit. 40+ free sessions for adults and a whole bunch more designed for your kids, by some smart and friendly Australians.
Pacifica: An undercover fave with free sessions covering several useful, research-based methods starting from just 2 minutes, and more for specific challenges like anxiety.
There are thousands of these apps. It comes down to personal preference, so it's hard to know where to start. Along with the leading app, we gave you a few high quality choices you may not have come across. These have free sessions you can play for your group that focus on techniques you can practice on your own too.
See our blog for many more apps with brief descriptions of each!
--- coming soon! ---