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:
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.
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.
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!)