We are excited to announce that an interview with Ellie Shoja was published in an article titled "Here's Why You Should Try Meditating in a Group," written by Elizabeth Blasi for Aaptiv Magazine.
Excerpt from the article
Along with expanding your mind and sense of awareness while practicing group meditation, some believe there is a biological and chemical occurrence that happens when people choose to meditate together. According to Ellie Shoja, founder of Peace Unleashed, “We are all vibrational beings having physical experiences. And as such, we are all connected. The easiest way to see the effect of this interconnectedness is when you witness someone you care about experiencing something. If they’re experiencing joy, you’re more likely to experience joy with them. If they’re in pain, it might physically hurt you to be in the vicinity of their pain.
“When we meditate, our vibration naturally rises. When we meditate in a group setting, we have an opportunity to experience the clarity of someone else’s raised vibrations. This is why, for first-time meditators, being in a group can be comforting. Because even if they are not able to quiet their own thoughts enough to allow their own vibration to rise, they can take advantage of being in the vibrational vicinity of the raised vibrations of more seasoned meditators around them.”
It’s often comforting to hear others who are experts in certain practices share their personal journeys and what brought them to where they are now. It’s reaffirming that everyone has to start somewhere. For Shoja, after her divorce six years ago, she felt lost. “I was off-balance, and I didn’t know where to turn. At the time, a friend of a friend was hosting small group meditation at her home every Monday evening. I started attending. Even though we met once a week and meditated for only 15 or 20 minutes, I started seeing the positive effects of meditation on my life and my state of mind. So, when this friend asked if I’d like to attend a ten-day silent meditation retreat with her, I didn’t have to think twice to sign up.”
Read this article in its entirety HERE.