With all its benefits, meditation is a practice that’s worth incorporating into your life. You may think you need to be sitting in the lotus position in a peaceful place to meditate properly, but this isn’t the case. All you really need to meditate is yourself. This means that you can meditate in any environment, no matter how noisy or distracting.
An important aspect of meditation is physical comfort. It helps you relax and prevents your focus being drawn to pain or discomfort. You’re also more likely to meditate regularly if you’re comfortable. If you start associating pain and discomfort with meditation, there’s a good chance you’ll avoid meditating.Meditation is often used to manage chronic pain, but it should never cause pain.
That being said, it’s not always possible to meditate in your favorite spot or posture. There may be times when you want or need to meditate in strange places. If that happens, you’ll need to make the best of the situation and get into the most comfortable position that you can. This will aid your effort to meditate, wherever you may be.
Limit Sight and Sound
Meditation requires focus. It can be difficult to focus if you’re trying to meditate in an area that’s busy and noisy because sights and sounds can distract your focus. So, if you find yourself trying to meditate in a disruptive environment, you should do your best to limit what you see and hear. Obviously, you can just close your eyes to block out what you see. Blocking out sound is a bit trickier, though.
You can use your earphones and listen to a meditation app or video. Your earphones will block out some sound and the app or video will help hold your focus. You can download some meditation apps or even stream meditation videos directly to your smartphone if you have access to public WiFi. If you do stream videos, make sure to use a Virtual Private Network to secure your connection. If you’d rather not use meditation apps or videos, you can simply wear your earphones unplugged or use earplugs.
It’s important to ground yourself before you start meditating because grounding prepares your mind and body for meditation. It helps to calm your mind and bring your focus into the present moment. It doesn’t matter where you are or what position you’re in, you can always ground yourself.
You can ground yourself by focusing on all the parts of your body are in contact with the ground. This means you can even ground yourself if you’re standing up by focusing on the soles of your feet. This is very helpful if you’re trying to meditate somewhere where you can’t sit down.
Focus on Your Breathing
Focusing on your breathing is another significant aspect of meditation. It helps you relax and, like grounding yourself, it helps you to focus on the present moment. You can focus on your breathing anywhere, so it’s especially useful when you’re trying to meditate in a less than ideal environment.
All you need to do is feel your breath, whether it’s moving through your nose, expanding your ribcage or making your entire chest rise and fall. Once you’ve found a place that you can comfortably feel your breathing, try to keep your focus there without changing your breathing. Just breathe normally.
Focus Your Attention
Focusing your attention is the most critical part of meditation. There are many things you can choose to focus on, so it doesn’t matter where you are. You can focus on a guided meditation from a meditation app or video, or focus on your own guided meditation. You can even just keep your focus on your breathing. Once you’ve chosen your focus point, you can keep your attention on it. If your attention wavers, simply bring it back. If you continue to do this, you can meditate almost anywhere.
Meditation is an enriching practice, so it’s worth doing even if you’re not in the perfect situation for it. However, if you follow the steps above, you should be able to meditate in any environment.
About the Author:
Cassie is a wellness blogger with a passion for meditation. It’s changed her life for the better and she hopes it will change yours too.