What in the world do you mean when you say “let’s meditate online”? How can that be effective at all? How does it work… do we just listen to you like in a webinar? Aren’t we trying to stay away from devices if we’re trying to be in the present moment?
I hear these questions quite often, so I wanted to explain a bit.
The technical stuff:
Google Hangouts is the platform used by Compassionate Balance Meditation. It is an opportunity to connect up to 15 people who can then talk easily with one another. Each person in the group has the opportunity to speak and listen, just as if we were in a classroom together. It is not a one way feed; it is multi-way. All you need is a device (computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone) that has (or is connected to) a camera, microphone, and speakers.
As each person speaks, their face fills the screen, and other faces are lined up below. As the next person speaks, his or her face fills the screen. Opportunities to mute or turn the camera off, as well as type into a chat box and share screens are also available.
Connecting is easy, after registering for a course or drop-in session, you’ll receive a link, and all you need to do is click it at the appropriate time. Voila, we’re connected.
About the experience:
I’ve been facilitating meditation online since 2012, and what I’ve found is that the experience is really similar to taking classes or meditating with a group in person. It feels a little odd at first to have your face on the screen, but it creates an unexpected sense of connection, as if you’re really looking at the speaker eye to eye.
And, it gives us all an opportunity to practice patience, as sometimes glitches do happen or background noises arise, but they are ultimately resolved.
Even though we are not sharing the same physical space we’re sharing the same intention, to connect be present, connect with our internal wisdom and heart, and connect with each other. As we connect with our internal energy, it flows outward to others in the group just as if we were in the same room.
We live in a device driven society. However, when we use electronics to further our own personal growth rather than as a distraction our objective changes, and we can leverage technology to further our growth.
One of the best things about accessing interactive meditation classes or groups online is that no matter where you are you can join the conversation and share with others. You can join from the comfort of your own home, or if you’re traveling during a multi-week program you can join from the road. And, you don’t even need to spend time commuting to meet up with others.
Check out the schedule for online option!
If you have further questions about what an online class with Compassionate Balance Meditation might be like, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org