It is quickly becoming aware to many people that mindfulness is an important part of our mental and physical health. Obtaining a state of mindfulness is difficult, but these mindfulness exercises for groups can help give you and others the support you need to learn how to become a truly mindful being.
For many people, meditation is a very private process. However, group meditation can tap into a collective energy that makes it easier and more palpable to create a meditative state.
Simply talk with your group about picking a mantra and a meditation focus. Now, have a group leader repeat the mantra out-loud for the group to copy. Let your mind steer in and focus on the meditation topic.
As you meditate, you’ll feel the presence of others around you can serve as a focusing tactic. Suddenly, you’ll find it much easier to stay focused on meditation when you’re not alone.
Concentration and focus are big parts of mindfulness. This simple group exercise will challenge your concentration and help expand your mental state towards a more mindful state.
Start by picking a simple object and centering the group around it. Now, everyone in the group must stare at the object for 5-10 minutes and really take note of all of its attributes.
This sounds a lot easier than it is: distractions will come in the form of other people, background noises, and sheer boredom. Once the time limit has passed, everyone must describe the object with as much detail as possible.
Connecting with people in a group mindfulness setting will create lifelong bonds. Cement them with this simple exercise. Start by pairing up your group and having each group sit three-feet across from each other in a relaxed, cross-legged stance on the ground.
Now, each person has to look at their partner for 5-10 minutes and try to memorize physical details about them. This exercise can be very uncomfortable for the first few minutes, but discomfort will eventually give way to relaxation.
Now, each person must stand up and describe the other in exacting details. Focusing on somebody for so long increases a mindful state, builds stronger interpersonal bonds, and helps activate deeper levels of mindfulness.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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