But we don’t have to make such a big deal out of meditation. We can meditate in the middle of a loud fireworks display or in a prison cell. Meditation does not require any external conditions. And we don’t need to sit in the lotus position, stand on one leg for hours, or do any other ritual to achieve the results that pure, clean meditation brings. Riding a bike, surfing, running, washing the dishes, cleaning the toilet, all these activities and more can be done in a state of meditation.
For meditation means we are not all over the place with our mind racing between the past and the future. It is being quiet in the now, no matter what is happening around us. Other than that, there are conditions. It’s nice to have a quiet sanctuary where we can retreat and go within, undistracted by the world around us. But even there, a car alarm can go off outside, a phone can ring, someone can be shouting or playing loud music. None of these distractions, though, compare to the ceaseless churning of the mind. Just getting away from it all doesn’t stop that—an inner effort i