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Three Surprisingly Meditative Places

Too often, meditation can feel like a lot of effort to get done. It can be difficult to find the time to do it and, when life gets really stressful, sometimes you just can’t summon the motivation either. Usually, the times when meditation will be the most helpful are the times when you’d rather just unwind in front of a movie and be peaceful.

But there are some aspects of life which have wonderfully meditative effects.

Those times when inspiration you never expected suddenly strikes you, those times when you feel relaxed for no real reason. Sometimes, you’re carrying on with life as usual and all of a sudden you just feel calmed. Or energised. Or revitalised.

You might feel like you’ve meditated for a week. More likely, you’ll feel a brief respite from the world’s pressures and the pure relief that that brings, even if it’s only for a second.

Then it’s up to you to sit back and enjoy that brief sense of clarity.

Perhaps it’s because the world has aligned to please you for a moment. More likely, there’s a very real reason that you’re feeling so good.

THE SHOWER

By the time you’re a grown adult, you know how to shower. You don’t need to put any mental energy into it. You don’t need to concentrate or think particularly hard. It’s one of those things that, at this point, your body just naturally does. Your mind doesn’t need to be present for it to get done. So it relaxes. It lets itself be calm. There aren’t any distractions here. Your mind has basically no choice but to settle. Sometimes it’ll run through some things you’ve got going on outside of the shower, but for the most part it knows there’s nothing it can do right now, so it can just relax.

THE BUS

It might not seem like an especially peaceful place, especially during rush hour, when you’re crammed into a shuddering box with a bunch of sweaty, irritable commuters. But if you find the right spot, it can be surprisingly pleasant. The vibration of the engine can be relaxing if you don’t let it bother you, like the cheapest massage chair in the world. And as long as there’s nothing else to keep your mind occupied, you’re quite at liberty to let it wander to wherever it goes, to let itself drain clear and relax. As long as you don’t miss your stop.

THE MOMENT RIGHT BEFORE YOU FALL ASLEEP

Sleeping is the time that most people’s minds get the best opportunity to refresh. The rest time between getting into bed and falling asleep is the beginning of the process by which the mind relaxes and becomes at peace, preparing itself for whatever the next day might bring. This is why, in those moments right before you drift to sleep, you have brilliant ideas that you can’t remember the next morning. Those last moments may be some of the most peaceful you could ever experience, completely free of the world’s pressures.