A few weeks ago, my boyfriend was heading to work and couldn't find me in the house. After ten or fifteen minutes, he walked into our closet to grab his jacket and found me reading on the floor, next to dirty laundry and underneath hanging clothes. He looked at me like he was confused if I was a human being, or some creature sent from another planet to confuse him.
I see that look pretty regularly, but it still made me laugh when I realized how ridiculous I must look.
I needed space to focus on myself for morning meditation, the book I was desperate to finish, and a space where I couldn't hear our puppy whining through the walls. And it worked! Plus, closets are actually cozy.
Unless you live an amazing life, you probably don't have a dedicated and hella zen meditation hut in your backyard. If you do, please invite me over. Even finding space in our home home to work, journal or think without being surrounded by a million distractions is difficult at times. If you're anything like me, it might help to remind yourself that your world is FULL of places that can become whatever you need. Room of Requirement style.
- In your closet, laundry room or car
- Obviously, small spaces are my favorite. As long as it's (relatively) clean, comfortable and well lit, you can find five minutes of peace in the corner while your dryer is on wrinkle release.
- In line at the DMV
- You know you're going to be there for 3 days anyway. Just pop in some earbuds and listen to your favorite meditation app or your favorite podcast. Try Mortified if you're looking for something hilarious--laughing IS joy, after all.
- On your back porch
- In my case, it's a small concrete slab. But at the edge of the slab is grass, dirt, and just enough sunlight to convince me that I'm in a forest (if my eyes are closed).
- At a coffee shop
- Honestly, coffee shops were not always my favorite place to just sit by myself. I love them know because they're always buzzing (literally and figuratively once you drink several iced coffees in one sitting) with excitement, and I've learned to embrace the buzz. Instead of being distracted or stressed out by that buzz, think of it as the sound of humanity. Embrace it, and let the energy in the air energize your body.
- While grocery shopping
- Fun fact: I love grocery shopping. And I love walking while I'm thinking. something about the motion of pacing feels like it unlocks a lot of creative energy in my brain. Next time you need some milk/bread/eggs/Hot Cheetos, bring a notepad or open your voice recorder on your phone. Dump out whatever comes up and let your mind be empty while you stock up on supplies.
Where is your favorite place to recenter, detox, refresh, or laugh? Tell me!