Studies have shown that meditation helps to improve physical, mental and emotional health. For me, it's like meditation connecting me with my strong and clear part, and reducing my part which is easier to struggle.
However, to get the benefits of meditation, you must actually mediate.
The form, form and duration of one's meditation are not as important as the action and consistency of actual meditation. You don't have to be on a certain mat, or be somewhere at a certain time of day, so that this kind of exercise can become a consistent and powerful part of your life.
Unfortunately, many people do not meditate because they lack time, or do not have enough time alone. Fortunately, in some unexpected places or public places, you can meditate more easily than you think. Most of the time, you can do it carefully without being noticed!
Although some places may be easier to meditate than others, it is very likely to have a powerful meditation in parks, airplanes or waiting rooms. Don't let your position stop you from meditating for even a few minutes in a day! Wherever you are, the following suggestions will help you learn how to meditate more.
Here are 6 tips that can help you learn to meditate anywhere, especially in public!
Sunglasses are your best friend if you don't want others to notice you are meditating. These can make you meditate on a park bench or train, but it just makes you look like you are just sitting there thinking. If you sit in a public place and wear sunglasses, people usually can't see your eyes and don't know that they are closed.
Sunglasses can also make you feel like your safety blanket, and let you go deeper into meditation without worrying that you will stand out or be judged (although in my opinion, anyone who judges someone for quiet meditation is missed). Nevertheless, sunglasses will take other people's input and energy away from the equation of your personal meditation trip. In addition, when you open your eyes after a powerful meditation and re-enter your public space, sunglasses will soften the transition.
The biggest difference of headphones is that they focus on the outside world, rather than tuning in to meditation. Sometimes, the moment when you have to meditate is in a noisy place. Inadvertently hearing building noise, someone talking about what they had for lunch, or a baby crying, will make you find your inner Zen incredibly hard. Environmental music is my destination, which brings me from sometimes chaotic environment to a place where my heart is calm.
There are plenty of applications and guided meditation to choose from, which you can access with headphones. My favorite combination of entering this area in public places is the combination of tip 1 (sunglasses) and tip 2 (headphones).
3. Remember, even 5 minutes of meditation is powerful.
Sometimes, we have time to meditate outside, which may be shorter than what we think is worthwhile. Remember, even three deep breaths or five minutes of meditation can bring great changes to your day! Meditation is good if you only have a few free time.
For many people, keeping meditation for several minutes (even seconds) every day is more powerful than practicing meditation for several hours every month in the long run. It's important to make meditation a regular part of your life, so remember, meditation is worth the effort, even if it doesn't reach the time you want.
4. Public transportation is a perfect meditation opportunity
Usually, when we are busy on the bus, train or plane, we spend time listening to music or reading. Too often, these times are used to unconsciously look at our mobile phones or do nothing. Meditation during travel can turn your commute into the most powerful and transformative part of your day.
On the train or bus, knowing how far your station is can help you relax and smooth the road without worrying that you will miss the place where you need to get off! Using headphones (and sunglasses) here can also make your meditation cautious and focused. I meditated a lot on the subway in new york, and I like to meditate and fly on the plane, otherwise I might just sit here.
5. Carry your belongings with you
In a busier space or public transport, if your body touches your things, you will be able to enter meditation more relaxed without worrying about being stolen. The main reason for giving this prompt is to know the security of your belongings, which allows you to meditate in a deeper level, without worry or high vigilance!
Crime rates vary widely around the world, but if you are in a place where you are obviously meditating, you will want to ensure that your backpack or belongings are monitored. You don't have to hold the bag too tightly, because even if you put it on your leg, you can feel whether someone is trying to take it away. Fortunately, I have never had to meditate in public places because of stealing, but also, the ability to relax is a good meditation process, which is the advantage of this skill.
6. Don't care what others think
Simply let go of your insecurity when another person sees you meditate. Sometimes you just need to feel comfortable enough to meditate quietly in a place where others can see you. There is nothing wrong with meditation, and there is no energy to worry about what others think is liberation (whether in this situation or in life).
Although sunglasses help you to be cautious, there is nothing wrong with obvious and shameless meditation. It is difficult for some people to know that others can see them, but over the years, I have become more comfortable, meditating on the beach or on the plane when others can see me. Less care allows deeper meditation, which allows more amazing benefits of meditation. In addition, public meditation may inspire others to do the same when they like it.
Of course, some places and moments in time are more suitable for meditation than others. You may have your favorite meditation spot, which will get you into this area. That is to say, no matter where you are, you should be flexible about where this powerful exercise can take place, and use these 6 skills to do more meditation!