I find that spending time in meditation with other people can be a very enjoyable experience.
- Being with other people who are participating with me in something I love enhances my feeling of connectedness. (I wonder if this is why so many people are drawn towards religion in general; most religions I am familiar with have an element of community.)
- Having a few minutes after the meditation session to discuss what came up for us (for people who WANT to share. Forced sharing seems counter productive) can be enlightening.
- For people who have trouble “finding the time” to meditate it can be very useful to have a specific time and place to meet. It adds a social element and incentive to practice.
How do you find people to meditate with?
- Your community may have night classes held in Secondary or Post-Secondary schools. You could check with your local school board to find what is available in your area.
- Some Churches offer meditation sessions, either as a separate group activity or as a part of the Church service. This may mean becoming involved with another church in addition to your regular one.
- There are a lot of groups to be found on various social media sites. You could try checking out meetup.com, linkedin.com or facebook.com as a starting point.
Personally, my first choice would be seeing if my local School Board offers meditation classes. My assumption is that the instructor would have gone through at least a basic screening process in order to be accepted as an instructor.