4 Things to Consider While Meditating in a Public Place

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For meditating, people will often choose public locations like parks, lakes, hillsides, and so on. These are ideal places for meditating. Not only are these spots peaceful, but they are also beautiful. Hence, you get to meditate and enjoy some beautiful scenery.

Before you head out to a public location for meditation, here are four things that you should consider looking into.  

#1 The Air and Weather

There are two external factors you must consider before meditating in a public place. The first is the weather, and the second is the air quality.  

The weather needs to be optimum. Wherever you go, the climate there needs to be comfortable. Warm and sunny conditions are ideal. However, try to avoid humid conditions so that you do not get all sweaty. That will make for an extremely uncomfortable experience. Also, there is no need to go out for meditation during rain or snow, unless you have some sort of shelter over you.

You also need to check on the air quality of the place you are visiting. Polluted air will cause serious health problems for you. Hence, you should check the full data on air pollution of the place you are going to meditate in. You can do this as well as keep track of the weather by using different free weather apps. The weather apps today are very advanced. They can feed you real-time information obtained through high-end sensors and weather radars. So before going out, do check with your weather app.

#2 Do Not Take Risks

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Some people tend to meditate in extreme conditions or at risky places. You will often find people climbing high mountains and then meditating right at the edge. Some will even sit a few feet away from the drop of a high cliff. Then you have people sitting on top of rocks that are in the middle of a high-current river. And then there is the occasional meditation under the waterfall.

These places are beautiful, and there is no doubt about that. They are also picturesque. Meditating in such areas will look great on your Instagram or Facebook cover photo. However, this type of meditation is not worth it. Putting yourself at risk will do you no good. Besides, you need to be extremely cautious while going to such lengths for meditating. Constantly thinking about the dangers and how to avoid them will ruin the experience and purpose of meditation.

Thus, it is wise to avoid these places for meditation. Find a less risky spot for the actual meditation part.

#3 Make Sure You Are Not Hindering Public Movement

Given that these are public locations, there will be many people visiting or moving through them. And not everyone there will have come for meditating. You can do as you please. However, you should not hinder their movement or activities. Respect others around you and try not to annoy them in any way.

Some locations might even have specific meditation spots or zones. So look for them if you can during the visit.

#4 Go During the Morning

There are many reasons why you should go meditating in public areas during the morning.

For starters, the mornings are much more peaceful and quieter than any other time of the day. People are usually asleep or just waking up at that time. So the roads and public places are not busy at all. Then there is the fresh air that you can find during the morning. It makes for a healthy environment. Finally, there is this presence of serenity during the morning that you cannot find at any other time. It feels as if the entire world were shrouded with peace and tranquility during the early hours of the day.

As the day progresses, however, all these qualities start fading away. The peace and serenity of the morning are somewhat destroyed as people start heading out to work. Cars and buses come out onto the streets and pollute the air. The environment of these places will have changed completely and become unsuitable for meditating. Thus, go during the early hours of the morning if you want to meditate in a public spot.

These are all the things you should consider before meditating at a public spot. By sticking to these simple points, you will be able to enjoy a safe and wonderful meditation experience.

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By Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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