For those experienced meditators out there, let’s start meditating in public.
I’ve been doing it a few times and the places I like the best are usually parks, nice places outside.
it may be harder to block distractions out, but I think it’s a good exercise to really focus your mind, forget that you are in public, just got to your heart space.
I also think it’s good to lead by example and it’s good for people to see others loving life, meditating in peace.
let’s get out there
@tdowling, I love doing this. I find even in noisy busy places it can be great, by just focusing on the sounds in that area it’s easy to bring our awareness to the present. I love the quiet to, but i don’t believe any “distraction” has to be one! Everything can be a stimulus, present whenever possibly ! Happy existing
@tdowling, Why do you need to block distractions? Is meditation for you the focusing of the mind? if so then you are not meditating you are merely concentrating on a singular thought at the expense of the rest. I see no benefit from it other and relaxation of the senses. Have you ever tried to let all thoughts run in your mind and detach yourself from them? Have you watched the thought process happening from a step back? All the distractions, sensations, perceptions, abstractions, everything flowing in your mind, while you remain a detached observer of it all?
Meditation is not done, it is become.
first off, I did not feel compassion in that response, what I read sounded pious and excessive but I could possibly be mistaken. Excuse my sensitivity.
When I first began meditating I learned by focusing on my breath, constantly returning my attention to my breath and to the present. Sometimes I interpret and express this as “blocking out distractions”, I apologize if that is misleading. Once (or sometimes if) I reached my meditative state, you are right, there are no “distractions”, thoughts and sounds simply bubble like boiling water and a deep peace and awareness reside.
I would love to see more welcoming and patient dialogue and not so many people quick to… “throw stones”, in a sense…
I personally believe that everyone experiences life a little bit uniquely, meditation included.