How to Meditate Anywhere

" Whether you are in a crowded room or an empty hall, meditation can come to you. Here are some meditation techniques that can be done anywhere "

If you are one of the millions of people in the world who meditate, you know how powerful the benefits can be in your life. Or maybe you haven’t felt concrete benefits yet, but you’ve read the research and are committing to it anyway.

Whether you meditate every day or have only tried it once or twice, expanding your perception of when, where, and how you meditate will not only increase your chances of experiencing its benefits but also fortify meditation and mindfulness as a way of life.

Ditch What You Think Meditating Is “Supposed” to Look Like

It is easy to get caught up in what you think you should be doing when you are practicing meditation. If you are a perfectionist, you will likely not even attempt to meditate if the conditions aren’t just right; the lighting, the timing, the seating, or even your attitude might intimidate you out of keeping up with your practice. However, the first step toward positive change is to recognize this fundamental truth of meditation: All you need to meditate is you.

You don’t need fancy cushions, aromatic candles, or the perfect soundtrack to meditate. It doesn’t need to be first thing in the morning or done with a woven shawl over your shoulders. You needn’t have a good singing voice to chant, nor a dedicated yoga room to abscond to.

All you need to meditate is you.

What Is Meditation Anyway?

Webster’s Dictionary defines meditation as “engaging in a mental exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.” Yet there are dozens of ways to define meditation that might resonate with you and could give you the motivation you need to be more committed to your practice.

Here are some ways of describing meditation:

  • Sitting in silence

  • Smiling with your heart

  • The practice of being with yourself

  • Moving from the external to the internal world

  • Immersing yourself with the moment

  • Noticing what is going on within and around you

  • Single-pointed focus

  • Taking charge of your mind

  • The art of getting to know yourself (and your Self) better

What does meditation mean to you and how do you meditate? There are many types of meditation, and almost all of them can be done anywhere.

1. Zen Meditation on the Breath