People often say that they would like to meditate but they can’t find the time, or they don’t have the right space, or it is too noisy. If only we had the perfect conditions, then we would be able to practice! Well the bad news is, there is no such thing as perfect conditions. Instead of putting off meditation until you find the elusive perfect conditions, how about making the most of the imperfect conditions we have?
- I often suggest to people that it is good to find a quiet place to meditate. However, nowhere is perfectly silent. We may have noisy neighbours, or live in the middle of a city, near a main road. Even in the countryside we might need to deal with the sound of animals! So instead of trying to find perfect silence, or trying to block out noise, why not make the most of the imperfect silence? Allow the sounds to be part of your meditation practice. Notice the clock, notice the traffic, notice the sound of the children playing outside. See if you can be aware of all of this as well as the focus of your meditation, be it the breath or anything else. The key is to just notice without getting caught up.
- Ideally it is good to find a time to meditate in which you are likely to be reasonably alert. Some of us are better in the mornings while others are more alert in the afternoons or evenings. However, many of us have busy lives and many of us struggle with fatigue. This doesn’t mean that we cannot practice. Instead of seeing the fatigue as a barrier to practice, why not be curious about it? Where in the body do you feel this fatigue? What happens when you practice with your eyes open?
- If you are used to practicing meditation at a meditation centre with fancy stools and cushions it might seem daunting to try and replicate the experience at home. Do we really need to go out and buy all t