In today’s world, where we meet more often online than in person, it’s important to take extra time to create headspace for yourself and others.
The good news is that there are plenty of mindfulness activities for groups that can be done both online and in person.
Our energy knows no boundaries. You don’t need to be physically present with each other in order to share a positive experience and help others feel more alive and in the moment.
Try one of these group mindfulness activities at your next virtual meeting to see what we mean.
Group Mindfulness Activities For Virtual Meetings
We hear a lot. Very little of which, however, do we actually listen to.
For this train of thought exercise, give the first person a certain topic to speak on. After 1-2 minutes, the next person summarizes what was said before them and adds a few of their own thoughts.
Continue this chain so that each person is summarizing what was said by the person before them, and then adding their thoughts.
This will incite active listening and better communication.
Most of the time, we are completely unaware of our breathing. The simple act of breathing together with your co-workers is a great way to get everyone feeling present and aware.
Square Breathing (The 4×4 Box Method) is a great technique to try with groups.
- Inhale for 4 seconds
- Pause for 4 seconds
- Exhale for 4 seconds
- Rest for 4 seconds
Finger Tracing Exercise
While this exercise is originally intended for children, it’s a great way for anyone to calm a busy or emotional mind.
All you need to do is spread your fingers, on one hand, nice and wide. Then, use the index finger of your opposite hand to trace around the perimeter of your fingers.
Trace up the outsides as you inhale, and down the insides, as you exhale. Continue the process until you’ve reached your pinky and back to your thumb.
Meditation is one of the best ways to practice mindfulness with groups.
For beginners, we’d recommend starting slow and using some sort of guided technique to ensure that everyone in the group feels comfortable.
It is much easier to relax and go with the flow when you have a guide to help you through the process
Here are 2 meditations from Quiet The Mind, our 30-day Introduction to Meditation:
- Guided Meditation for Living in The Present Moment
- Guided Meditation to Increase Intuition and Inner Awareness
Practicing mindfulness is a great way to make you more conscious of the way you live and help you feel more fulfilled.
Now that you’ve had a chance to look over a few different options, chose one to try first and take it from there.