Meditation is a practice to develop a general perspective and process that we apply to our lives. That includes the environment of our lives. Why seek an ideal practice situation when there are no ideal life situations that will occur? Why do we want to develop artificial ideal environments to experience meditation? Gautama the Buddha was sitting outdoors in the elements, inside on occasion, and had to deal with environment. How many modern-day meditators would be willing to meditate in heat, rain, cold, and wind? How about a noisy city block or apartment building?
We sometimes avoid setting up a meditation practice because we are waiting for the perfect time and place or when we “feel” like meditating. My encouragement is that it doesn’t matter where we are or how we feel. We don’t have to meditate for an hour and sit perfectly still. It’s your intent and how you meditate when you meditate. Don’t allow Conditioned personality to get in the way.
I learned a lot about this when I started meditation practice with Geri Larkin at Stillpoint in Detroit when it was in a Church. It was, let’s say, an Active Environment. But she made the point that we were not going to wait for the circumstances to dictate our actions. So, we meditated. I’m glad I learned that lesson.
Pick a time. Pick a place. Meditate for 5 minutes. Do what you can to establish that place where you can access meditative mind. Then start taking it into your life where you can apply it. You’ll be happy you did.
We are not seeking stable ground in which to practice meditation we are meditating to allow us to live evenly on unstable ground.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help you to establish a meditation practice. We don’t do this alone. It’s why we are Dharma Brothers and Sisters.