Five reasons to meditate with a group

We talk regularly in our classes and here in our newsletter about the benefits of meditation. But do you know that the benefits of meditation can be even greater when practiced in a group setting?

Here are 5 reasons we at Anchor believe in meditating together:

1. The power of sharing
Research shows through EEG readings that brain waves synchronize through meditating. Group meditation is a true bonding experience in a sacred space, where you find a community of like-minded people who may share spiritual and ideological beliefs.

2. Forming and reinforcing positive habits
The motivation of a group environment helps with the consistency and quality of your practice. Receive the encouragement you need from a group environment to remain consistent so your practice becomes a discipline.

3. Growing through feedback
Meditating in a group setting is beneficial for all experience levels, but especially for beginners. Meditating the correct way takes time and practice, and receiving feedback from others is paramount to improving and refining your meditation techniques as a life skill.

4. Improved sense of belonging
We all want to belong to something greater than ourselves, both through shared experience and belonging to a group with identity. It is easy to feel alone if you try a new discipline in isolation, but being part of a group activity in person helps with loneliness and promotes that necessary sense of belonging.

5. Power and strength in numbers
Group meditation creates synergy. You can be a source of positive support to others on days when they are struggling, and then they can be a source of encouragement and support on days when you are struggling to remain centered.

Whether you're new to Anchor or a regular, we look forward to deepening our meditation practice with you by our side.

A personal story on pain

I struggled with the debilitating pain of arthritis for about 4 years.  I lost the ability to do things I loved, like playing with my kids, doing yoga and hiking.  I couldn't even hold a glass full of water — it was so bad I had to get plastic cups and drink with a straw.  Rolling over in bed took all my courage cause it hurt so bad. I felt like a victim and was sad, scared, ashamed and angry.

However, something astounding happened when I began my meditation journey 2 years ago.

Our Thoughts Become Our Feelings

Every feeling in your life is created by your thoughts.

Now...let that sink in for a second.

If you are a feeling sad, anxious, frustrated...those feelings are fully controlled by our thoughts. So in order to FEEL better, we should be cultivating higher thoughts.

For example, let’s say you’ve interviewed for your dream job and unfortunately, you aren’t given the offer. You could think “oh shoot my life is over, now I will never succeed.” Or, you can choose higher thoughts by accepting this reality and believing that this decision is making room for better opportunities.

In order to change how we feel, we need to change our thoughts. On paper, it’s quite simple.

But here’s the catch: most of us don’t even realize what we are thinking!

Quite often, we are reacting to our thoughts without having awareness of what is truly going on in our minds. We go by our days without pausing to recognize our thoughts.

So how do we alter our thoughts if we don’t even know what they are?

You might have guessed this by now, but the answer is meditation. Meditation is a practice of being present and watching your mind think.

Our feelings are our guiding principles: they determine what we decide to do in our lives. And our thoughts are the fuel to our feelings (so wouldn’t it be nice to know what they are?).

What we are thinking, determines what we are feeling. What we are feeling, becomes our reality. We are literally co-creating our realities!

Next time you feel yourself entering a negative spiral of thoughts, try to visualize a vacuum pulling the negative thoughts out of your mind and replacing it with compassionate/uplifting ones instead (hey, it works really well for us!).

Here’s to happy thoughts and positive feelings!

How You Can Supercharge Your Energy

How You Can Supercharge Your Energy

"Everything in life is a vibration."

I recently came across something that gave me chills when I read it: 

Recent research shows that bees are attracted to the energy in flowers, not their color or fragrance.  When flowers bloom, they give off an energetic vibrational frequency to attract pollinators (our friends - the butterflies, hummingbirds & the bees). The pollinators use their superpower antennae to detect those vibrations and make a match. Once the flower has been pollinated, it lowers it's energetic frequency to let the pollinators know to give to another flower friend.

How cool is that? It made me think - if The Universe is so perfectly supporting this tiny slice of life, can I choose to believe that I am supported just as perfectly

...Can we all?

Why Meditating in a Group Is So Impactful

"Connection is the energy that exists between when they feel seen, heard and valued."

As you know, this month at Anchor we're all about the importance ofconnection. We have been so amazed at all the ways we've connected with you over the past few weeks - and can't wait to keep it up!

What I've realized is that in our world today it's easy to make surface-level connections. It's much less uncomfortable or time consuming to scroll through someone's Facebook feed rather than ask how they are doing.  It's easier to skim the surface than get deep.

At Anchor, we thrive off of creating space for those deep connections. And, science backs us up - everything is better when shared in person. 

Busting Meditation Myths

"You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour."

It's easy to think that meditation just isn't for you. I often hear from others that they just can't sit still for more than 5 minutes, or you have too many thoughts racing through your mind.

Before I began meditating daily, I had similar fears and misconceptions. Truth be told - I didn't start a regular meditation practice until 2 years ago, so I remember the struggle I had in seeing myself as a meditator.

So, in today's newsletter I'm going to do some meditation myth-busting. And, even if you have a strong meditation practice - I encourage you to share this list with one person in your life who believes they can't meditate and watch the magic happen.

This month, we are celebrating YOU!

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."

Since opening Anchor 5 months ago, I've realized that the community you surround yourself with is more important than ever. 

Which is exactly why I decided to build Anchor Meditation - to create a community of like-minded folks who want to experience this journey of growth...together. 

Why you don't always need a plan

"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you need to just breathe, let go and trust that everything will work out."

Who says that we need to plan every second of every day?

I often feel "lazy" if I don't send that last email (just one more!), or use up every second of that free hour. If you're like me, it's easy to feel like a failure if we're not constantly the most proactive, the most involved, or the most efficient. 

How learning to trust will change your life.

"Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley."

Our theme this month at Anchor is Trust - and trusting isn't always easy...especially when you can't see the path in front of you. 

In the midst of a difficult situation, we tend to overthink. We jump from point A to Z - running through every possible situation, mostly leaning towards the negative. The worst outcome possible (just in case). 

Trust - The Universe has your back

"You can only lose what you cling to."

This month at Anchor our theme is Trust

In our world today, one where it feels like almost everything is uncertain, trusting feels difficult to do. Whether it's fearing for our safety as citizens or the bubbling anxiety over everyday decisions, it can be hard to trust that everything is unfolding how it's meant to. 

But, it will. 

Commit to your rituals daily - it can change your life

"The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver every time."

As summer begins and schedules change, it's easy to slowly drift away from our daily rituals - those tiny actions we take that help us feel really, really good (or just get through the day).

For some of us, those rituals might be a morning workout. For others it might be a 15-minute meditation. And others (most of us) - just a few moments of silence will do the trick. Alone. 

But, staying committed to those rituals each day is difficult. Especially when schools out for summer or travel takes you away from your usual routine. 

So, what do you do then? 

Meditation Needs You

"Meditation is essential. In this modern day and age, it is no longer an option - it is a must."

What if everyone you knew - including yourself - set aside 5 minutes each day to be still?  To turn off their phones and get quiet?  To ground themselves and reflect on who they want to be - not what?

How different would our world be?