The questions asked here are, do you need to have quiet place to meditate or if there lots of distractions, does this mean I won’t be able to meditate? In this article Dr. Puff talks about his personal experiences and how he was able to practice his meditation even in noisy situations.
A couple of observations on this topic, first my own experience was very similar to Dr. Puff’s as my meditation practiced developed so did my ability to meditate anywhere. This ability evolves as your practice evolves and it’s not a recommended practice beginning meditators; for most beginners, distractions lead to frustration.
The second observation is that there are different approaches to meditating anywhere at any time, mindfulness approach and deep inner awareness or transcendental meditation.
Mindfulness is about being fully present without judgment and inner awareness is about transcending, going beyond the challenges. Teachers in these wisdom traditions will share with you that these are developed skills, and except in extraordinary circumstances, are developed or long periods of practice.ﾠ
Where can you meditate? Do you need to have a quiet place free from all distractions and noises or can you actually meditate anywhere, anytime, any place?
Dr. Puff offers some advice in this article and some practices that you can apply. I would add, because it is a practice, go ahead and do just that, practice, remembering to be gentle with yourself and letting go of any frustration if it arises. The number one benefit of meditation is stress reduction, so don’t stress if the distractions are too much, relax and wait until you feel you are in a comfortable place, then meditate.