Meditation simply is not just a practice of clearing out blockage of your own mental and physical health.

It is a practice, not just a service to yourself, but a service to humanity as well. 

There is great power in numbers

Talking about the power of group meditation, best-selling author, Dr. Deepka Chopra has written, “In every wisdom tradition, meditation hasn’t been just a way to seek inner knowledge. It has the potential to transform the world. Research on the power of group meditation has been ongoing for several decades, and the results seem to validate what the ancient sages said.” These studies have shown extremely positive social, political and economic results correlated to synchronized group meditations.

An experiment conducted during the Lebanon war in the 1980s showed that when 1,000 people in Jerusalem meditated on world peace, war deaths in Lebanon went down by over 75%. Not only did war deaths go down, but crime and other destructive happenings also went down on the days the group meditated. There are many such experiments and given such huge positive social changes brought about by group meditation, it is very much possible that large meditation gatherings will become very popular very soon, just as meditation has become mainstream.

We are all connected and ONE -The Ripple Effect

Studies actually prove the existence of a ripple effect of peace in the surrounding environment when a group meditates together.  Meditation teacher Bhanu Narasimhan,  says, “It is not about individuality or certain sections of society. It is all about recognizing that we are all connected and part of one universal being. We all are governed by vibrations. A happy person can make us happy and an unhappy person spreads unhappiness. When glaciers melt due to global warming the water levels rise around the planet. Global warming is such a glaring reminder that we cannot isolate ourselves.”

Tug of war

A Russian scientist, Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, 
explains how you can influence the world around you with your mind.
According to the superstring theory in physics, waves of vibration flow from everything in the universe, affecting the collective consciousness of others. Groups can enliven that field. Group meditation can be similar to a tug of war. You are all pulling on the same side, a certain synergy of energy is created, and a common goal is achieved. It is the same when you meditate together: the collective consciousness raises, and it acts like the ‘rising tide that raises all boats.’ The peace that is created actually becomes palpable, which is a special, collective experience and accomplishment.

Author: Sejal Shah, E-YRT 500 Yoga Teacher, Mind-Body Wellness Blogger at Art of Living
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