There is a buoyancy to group sitting that makes it easier than meditating alone. This is especially true when the group is set up to maximize the sense of mutual support, cooperation and shared effort.
At our meditation retreats we make the most of this mysterious dynamic by adopting a formal structure together. In our form, we sit quietly, still and upright, in a carefully arranged space. Then we try to “stay put” for 30 minutes per session, with walking meditation breaks in between.
If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry. We’re not too strict about it. For us, it is more about what we aspire to, not about “rules”. Also, it’s OK to skip sessions if you need a break.
This shared intention to create a peaceful place for one another makes it easier for everybody to remain settled and venture deep.