One aspect of Buddhism practice that I have struggled with over the years has been Sangha.
I love the idea of Sangha- a group of humans meditating together and sharing energies. It brings meditation to a whole new level. It is a way to share both mutual faith and grow as a practitioner.
It is an idea I’ve always believed in- Buddhist or not.
I’ve been in several Buddhist Sanghas. Each has thrived for only months before the members lost interest leaving me to practice alone, again. I hold no grudge, but I have become jaded on the idea.
Recently, though, I have found something close. Of all things, it was an iPhone app that gave me back my Sangha.
Insight Timer is a meditation app. I downloaded it to use as a timer and chime me into and out of my sit. I knew that it told of others who were also using the app, but never realized that they would pay me any mind.
This morning, after a fifteen minute sit, I received a message.
“Thanks for meditating with me”.
It is a canned response. The person behind it, though, is a woman from Brooklyn. I know nothing of her except that we meditated at the same time, together, this morning.
From my armchair I meditated with another practitioner and it mattered enough that she thanked me for it.
It’s not a Sangha in a traditional sense, but we live in a world where technology can bring us together for any purpose- both good and bad.
I see no reason why that purpose can’t be for for meditation.
Tomorrow, I’m going to thank a fellow practitioner for meditating beside me.
Perhaps it will make their morning brighter too.