Meditating On The Go



Some mornings you don’t even have one minute to sit and breathe before running out the door, and that’s ok. But here’s a trick for making a daily meditation practice stick: be open to the idea of meditating in random spots, in the middle of your day.

I regularly meditate in odd places in Paris. Yeah I might get funny looks (but maybe I don’t, my eyes are closed anyway aren’t they) but it’s totally worth it for the much needed headspace and rejuvenation.

Here are three of my favourite on-the-go meditation spots for finding some calm amid the hubbub:

Gustave Caillebotte
Le Parc Monceau, 1877

In a Park

Paris parks are so gorgeous. From the tiniest, pocket-handkerchief-sized square, to the formal odes to symmetry, à la Jardin des Tuileries, to the rolling hills of the Buttes Chaumont, there’s a Parisian park for every humour. I regularly slip into one that I happen to be passing between jobs for some quiet, meditative time. One of my favourites is Parc Monceau. I love its little lily pond, neoclassical follies, and lush vegetation.

How to: Meditating in the lush environment of a park is easy. Just find a bench in the spot farthest away from city noise, close your eyes, tune into the birdsong and other nature noises, and enjoy being whisked away from daily cares for however long you care to sit.

Church collage 3

In a Church

Always a haven of peace. My favourite one (mostly because I find myself in the area regularly for work) is the Eglise des Batignolles, in the 17th arrondissement.

How to: Choose whatever pew/seat appeals and sit and breathe in the peacefulness of your surroundings.


In Public Transport

I have decided to re-frame my Paris metro time. What used to be a dreary daily obligation is now a wonderful opportunity for some mindful timeout (if I manage to get a seat of course).

How to: Whether you’re in the bus, in the underground, or on a train, get settled in your seat, uncross legs, plug into some calming music, and just zone out (but try not to miss your stop!)


(I also regularly meditate in hotel rooms :-))

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6 thoughts on “Meditating On The Go

  1. Juno Dunn says:

    Today I’ll meditate on my bike and in the sea. Isn’t it amazing that – on holiday – you think there’s no time to meditate.

    1. Chloe says:

      Ah well moving meditations are very powerful too!

  2. Rebecca James says:

    This is great. Thanks. I get quite fixed on meditation having to be in the morning, same place, same time etc and then get annoyed with myself if I ‘don’t have time’ (which kind of defeats the object!). I’m going to try meditating on the go and being a bit more free with myself about the how and when.

    1. Chloe says:

      Wonderful. Let us know how it goes!

  3. Bibi says:

    I love how practical and positive your articles are! I have been doing a bit more meditation on the go since reading this.

    1. Chloe says:

      Thanks so much Bibi for your kind comment! I’m super happy if the article inspired you find a bit of zen in the midst of your busy days! xxx

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