The simplest and often most effective techniques for meditation are those you can practice whenever and wherever you are, and even better, in the actual moment of drama.
In our fast and busy lives, we don't always have the time or space to create the ideal meditation setting: lighting candles, turning on some peaceful music, burning incense, finding the most amazing cushions, surrounding ourselves with crystals and then finally actually getting to our meditation. As nice as it is to set ourselves up for meditation, often I've noticed that we become seduced by the preparation for the meditation or the idea of it rather than actually doing the meditation.
In reality, we may find ourselves in a difficult situation or interaction with someone in our daily lives and we need a quick fix. So in addition to our longer meditation practices where we have the time and space, we also find power in equipping ourselves with quick accessible tools that can instantly bring us inner calm.
We then cultivate strength to face the challenges of the day with recharged light. A mantra or a shift in perspective may just be thing (or quick fix) we need to find our peace, anchoring us to the present moment. Just a few seconds of mindfulness can bring you home to you.
Here is just one of the many tools we can create to ground us in the present. Use this mantra meditation technique (inspired by one of my favorite teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh) anytime, anywhere, when you are on the go or feeling stressed, anxious or frustrated. No one is immune to such situations. Saying a mantra brings focus and calm in the actual moment of stress. This is perfect in our world of busyness and instant gratification.