Where can you meditate? Do you need to have a quiet place free from all distractions and noises or can you actually meditate anywhere, anytime, any place? Many people live in crowded cities or areas where it’s busy. Does that mean that they can’t meditate? Is it possible to meditate even when there’s cacophonous noise all around you? I say it is.
Let me share this story with you. Many years ago I went to my wife’s high school reunion. I didn’t know many people from her high school because I had grown up in a completely different area. So while I didn’t know many people and she knew just about everyone, she obviously wanted to meet up and enjoy conversation with her friends. She wanted to spend time with her friends, reconnecting. We were in a room with a band playing and many people talking and laughing. I was sitting there quietly and to try something. I wanted to see if I could meditate even with all this noise around me. I could clearly hear all the noise and conversation, the music all around me. I kept my eyes open and although I could still hear my surroundings I was able to go into a meditative state without being obvious. I managed to meditate and relax in a meditative state while she enjoyed herself and her conversations. Even with all that noise, all the conversations going on and people dancing I was able to meditate. I surprised myself with this ability because up until this point I had never been in an atmosphere like this. My life normally is rather quiet, so I’ve never really had the opportunity to try meditating in this type of atmosphere. I have been meditating for a long time and this is definitely part of the reason for my ability to meditate so quickly and easily in this particular situation; however, my point is that if I can do it than anyone can. If I can learn to meditate anywhere, so can you. All it takes is practice, determination and dedication.