If you’re like me, you don’t love the word guru, but it does have an interesting mystical ring to it. In years past, many traditions would have master teachers that achieved enlightenment, or certain linage’s would initiate long time students to become spiritual teachers. However, in this day and age, we seem to be a little short-handed on true gurus, and even the gurus we do have are difficult to relate to for many people. Many do not even relate to a concept of “ a guru.” So, the stage is set for a new kind of guru, one that is not a person per se, but a community of practitioners in mindfulness-based programs as either students or teachers.
A shift is occurring in the collective, and groups of awakened people are gathering to give each other a new way of teaching an old message. Instead of one teacher leading the way, many mindfulness student-teachers will be shown the opportunity to bring their truth and light to the table in an intentional space. In many group classes where we teach mindfulness or meditation practice, the teacher acts more as a facilitator, like a mirror for the group to help group members see themselves more clearly. Many times the group offers stories of how the practice helps them use practical tools to suffer less throughout the day. Many of my own students have been excellent teachers, not only for myself, but also for other members of the group and for themselves. In this way, the teacher is not better than anyone else, or on a higher plane somewhere, but right in the mix, tuning into the students and creating a container for personal growth. The teacher does have a key role for the group but it’s the group’s bond, energy and support that gives the extra push. Community, or having even a small group of people, can be incredibly powerful way to heal or grow as an individual. Much of the training that I find most effective is in group form because the group can create a support unmatched by the student or even with the help of the teacher by themselves. There is powerful energy in intentional groups, and the way forward for many students and teachers is creating an environment of like-minded people; those souls will set the conditions for growth, peak performance, reducing stress, compassion, and well-being.
A community that practices meditation, mindfulness, and other personal growth methods is the vision and intention of SatiMind. Cultivating a sangha, or an association of teachers and students alike that can bring an authentic practice of mindfulness and meditation to businesses, organizations and people all over the world. In this way the community or group holds the space of “guru,” giving advice, support, instruction, and perhaps challenging those interested to go beyond what they thought possible. It’s a shift in the collective consciousness to Trans-Social, a type of social consciousness, where the people inside of a community are tied together through their intention to create something beyond what they could do alone as they unite to become the “Guru’s” of this age!
Insights from The Founder, Erik Leslie