We can practice alone or with others.
If we stay with just one or the other, we miss out of something.
If we only practice on our own, we miss out of the support from others on the same or a similar path. We miss out of the inspiration and course corrections offered by a community of fellow explorers.
If we only practice with others, we miss out on checking out how this works when we are on our own. Am I dependent on the community to practice and to bring it into my life? How does it look when I am on my own, and in other situations?
Yet if we do both, we can benefit from the best of each. We get the moral and informational support from a group of fellow practitioners. And we get to test it out on our own, alone, in different settings.