People often don’t know how to meditate with distractions present because they believe they don’t have the time, but the truth is, meditation is a practice that can accommodate any kind of schedule and busy lifestyle.

While we can benefit more from a consistent, daily sitting practice, it’s possible to meditate in our home, in our car, with our kids, or in the midst of a stressful work environment. As long as you apply the tools of meditation, you can practice anywhere.

If you’re not able to carve out that time you want for meditation, start by consciously relaxing, right from your desk or even from the family dinner table. Sit back, breathe in, relax your shoulders, and take in the present moment.

When I travel, I don’t always have the perfect ideal space for meditation. Sometimes it happens on the plane, sometimes on a noisy street. Instead of feeling uptight about my situation, I let meditation work through me, wherever I am. But this has taken dedication and a willingness to change my mindset about what it means to meditate. It took me time to realize that there are no hard and fast rules or conditions when it comes to practicing meditation. Ultimately it is simply a life tool – one intended to bring us more peace and inner-freedom.

In the following guided talk, I’ll walk you through the ability to meditate with everyday distractions.

Very few people have the luxury of total quiet. But we can carve out times of the day where we dedicate ourselves to being present with our breath and body. Keep in mind that meditation can be practiced in any setting and with any noisy distraction. It’s a 24-7 tool – use it every time you can.