no introspection allowed

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Why is it weird to meditate in public?  It is.  Think about it.  You go to a park and see someone taking a nap under a tree or on a bench.  No big deal.  At that same park, you see a kid amped up on Mountain Dew and whatever else, with his mom screaming at him while his little sister lies on the grass crying because he just tested out his suplex on her.  Not out of the ordinary.  See someone meditating though, and you’re kinda like, wtf?  It’s just kind of weird and out of place.  Even for us who do meditate and are open to that kind of thing, it’s still kinda weird to see it in public in our western world.  Why is that?  I believe acceptance of it is growing, and although it’s not a big deal, I think it does say a lot about where we are. Complete unconsciousness is normal. Complete frantic chaos is normal. Relaxed introspection and practicing inner awareness is out of place in public.  Just an observation.


  1. …I can’t say, unless it’s a specific awareness goal I’m trying to achieve, that I /want/ to try and meditate in public. Far too many distractions for this kid.

  2. Jeff Black on

    Don’t try to meditate, just be. Like in Aikido don’t try to throw, just move.

  3. …sure, Jeff, but…this instance is a scenic route in direct, participatory questions and introspection rather than existential simplicity. Both valid, however. 🙂

    • Yeah, Kyle, I’ve never attempted to meditate in public either. Why not though? Distractions could be a big part of it, but for me, I would just feel uncomfortable doing it. Why is that, though? It’s not like I’d be bothering anybody or anything. I can’t really put my finger on it, and this was just kind of a rambling about an observation that I didn’t really think about much, not really sure where I was going with it. I just think that we usually see people in a highly active, frantic state or a completely docile, asleep state. People seem to be going a thousand miles an hour (mindlessly) banging their head against a proverbial wall of distraction, or (mindlessly) in a daze. Sure, there are plenty of people who I see in public that seem pretty mindful and aware, but it seems to be a minority. It seems like things are changing, though.

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