Best Place to Meditate: The perfect way to start a calm quiet day

Berkeley Marina

Some people can meditate in the middle of a crowded room, closing their eyes and visiting nirvana while children play and a radio blares current events. But most of us require a little outer peace before we can find their inner peace. Instead of heading for a sterile room with tinny New Age music seeping from fashionable speakers, why not wake at the crack of dawn, haul a kayak down to the Berkeley Marina, paddle beyond the seawall, and watch the sun rise over Angel Island? As small waves slap at the hull of your boat and the sun spreads a rosy flush over the sleeping beauty of the San Francisco Bay, seagulls wheel overhead and cormorants skim the surface of the water. The glassy-smooth early-morning bay shimmers in the changing light and the surrounding urban areas look serene from your small floating craft. Close your eyes and allow the water to gently rock your boat as your mind drifts over everything and settles on nothing.

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