Isn’t it funny how in the places where you’d most benefit from a meditation sesh — on public transport, a busy city street, the airport — it would feel kind of weird to do so? I mean, closing your eyes and chanting “Om Shanti Shanti Ommm” in a public space is a surefire way to attract some pretty strange looks.
But thanks to lifestyle guru Francine Steadman-Krulak, you can now get your zen on in private…in public.
Francine is the creator of BuddhaBooth, a range of pop-up meditation booths that allow you recharge your (mental) batteries on the go. It’s an idea that came to her when she was working as a consultant and craved an escape from chaotic city life.
That sensory overload, coupled with nowhere to privately breathe or make a phone call led me on a journey to claim my calm, and, the realization that I was chasing a sliver of peace and quiet made me extremely aware I was likely not alone. Hence a spark—then a flame—of desire to find a solution to this problem and share it with the world.
via Well and Good.
If you normally hide in the bathroom at work when you’re stressed, you’ll find these a far more inviting refuge. The cute Moroccan-inspired booths are crafted with wood and fitted out with a cozy rug, stool and meditation pillows. So far, the ‘quiet spaces for noisy places’ are available in office spaces, studios, universities and schools in NYC and LA. Google has one in their HQ because, of course they do! If you were lucky enough to score tickets to Coachella, you may have spotted them there, too! Here’s hoping they’ll start popping up in place of phone booths in the near future — because why do those still exist?
You can find out more about BuddhaBooth here.