A relaxing and mentally productive meditation session begins with choosing the right location. Attempting to meditate in a loud, distracting environment will make it increasingly difficult for you to retain control of your thoughts, which of course is essential for this practice. However, a peaceful and serene environment will allow enhance your ability to meditate, as it ties directly into your thoughts in a natural, seamless manner.

The Beach

You can can’t wrong with the beach when choosing a location to meditate. Even if there are other beach-goers present, the sound of the ocean waves crashing against the shore will provide a soothing and relaxing background. You can try to align your breathing with the ocean waves, breathing in and out at the same time as the waves crash. And if you still want some privacy, try venturing down shore to find a jetty or some other secluded area.

The Woods

Of course, a forest or wooded area is another excellent location to meditate. There’s just something peaceful about the woods. Perhaps it’s the fact that there are no signs of modern civilization present, or maybe it’s because of the diverse wildlife. Regardless, a wooded area makes a great place to meditate. I recommend searching for a somewhat open area with a large log on which you can sit. You can then post up here and perform your regular meditation ritual.

In a Field

Open fields of grass offer an ideal location to meditate. With only the sound of blades of grass blowing in the wind, you’ll have an easier time maintaining focus during meditation.  You may also hear the birds singing or see some wild life depending on the time of day and location.

On the Airplane

If you frequently travel via commercial airliner — for work or leisure — try meditating on your next flight. Most people are either sleeping or playing on their gadgets during flights, so chances are they won’t pay any attention to you. Just close your eyes and make slow, deep breaths while blocking all distractions in your surrounding environment.

If you are a traveler, there are also many places that offer retreats for meditation.

In Your Bed

Who says that you have to travel outside of your home (or bedroom) to meditate? Many people actually prefer to meditate in their bed, as this offers a familiar, relaxing environment without any surprises. Whether it’s in the morning or at night, try laying down on your bed and meditating for 10-20 minutes. As long as the TV is turned off and other distractions removed, this should offer an ideal location.

Photo Credit: Alice Popkorn

Here is a short 20 minute nature sound meditation, Enjoy.

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