Matthew 6.5-6 gives instruction on how and how not to pray/meditate. This is often, translated as to pray privately, and not for public admiration. Yet Jesus, who certainly knew what he was talking about, took the trouble to tell people to pray/meditate in a small chamber.
Experience teaches that setting up such a “den” is very effective, especially when the body is not troublesome, or, indeed, if the body might be persuaded to be helpful.
- Make the room somewhere the body enjoys being in
- comfortable, warmish, small
- Use spiritually evocative pictures, candles, perhaps music
- Use small amounts of good quality incense, use the same one until you get a clear sign to change.
- An ioniser, or living plant.
- Don’t use this room for materialistic purposes, e.g. work, chatting on the phone,etc.
If you don’t have a small room, use a screened area, or a dedicated cupboard in a shared room which you can pack and unpack. If you are travelling, follow the Islamic and Hindu custom and take a familiar prayer mat or other sacred object (a picture, say, or your spiritual diary) with you.
Set the scene, sow the seed, reap the harvest.
Eventually you will be able to meditate anywhere. everywhere. For now, accept where you are.