Social Meditation turns social interaction into a meditation practice.
Most people’s introduction to meditation is in a personal practice. Many people who start a meditation practice find that their first months or years of meditating alone are very difficult, and they often don’t continue.
As human beings, we’re wired for social interaction. Social Meditation utilizes this innate connectedness to strengthen our ability to remain in the present moment.
Social Meditation facilitates emotional resonance in groups, helping practitioners connect with their own and the group’s wisdom. This generates a culture of care that is a powerful support for individual practice, and a feeling of belonging and learning within community that makes the meditation journey more joyful, meaningful, and sustainable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can practice social meditation?
Absolutely anyone. Practicing social meditation isn’t about delving into any form of outside knowledge or belief. Rather, it’s about tuning into your own direct experience in a group setting that is gentle, welcoming, and open to all.
Where does social meditation come from?
Social Meditation was developed by Nick Kranz, a Shastri (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.
Over several years of exploration with meditation practitioners in Boston, Nick realized that certain ways of creating a group environment allow people to share a powerful, direct experience of basic human worthiness—in themselves and each other—without the need for additional terminology or teachings. What he discovered is now practiced internationally as Social Meditation.