Fads can come and go, but one thing seems clear: meditation is here to stay. For decades now, and increasingly in modern times, young and old folks alike are becoming drawn to the positive aspects of adding meditation to their lifestyles. And like many of the major cities in the country, Detroit is no different, especially in the youth-oriented downtown and Midtown areas of the Motor City, as well as many of the outlying suburbs. But in order to properly meditate, a proper location with the pristine set of conditions is required. Here are some of the best places in Detroit to try to find your next perfect meditation go-to hot spot.
Apartment Rooftops

With the massive influx of new apartment complexes throughout Detroit, many new residents of the city’s core are finding the availability of private spots in their living areas a perfect place to meditate. Whether you live in an enormous downtown high-rise, or a smaller building with just a few floors, a quiet rooftop has always provided those seeking to meditate with a great environment. Obviously some of Detroit’s newer and renovated high-rises would seem like the ideal place, way up in the sky looking all around at the city below, but really any quiet rooftop will do.

Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

Private Room At The Office

There are times during a busy workday that a little break for some “me”ditaiton can be much more beneficial than not. For those who work in an office space that includes separate private rooms or conference rooms, these secluded areas can offer a comfortable area to squeeze in a period of meditation to help recharge and reset. If you can reserve or book these rooms in order to insure that you won’t be disturbed, that makes the experience all the more beneficial.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

Located in the heart of the University of Michigan is one of the most serene and peaceful outdoor locations that any meditation enthusiast could ever dream of. The grounds of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor are massive and include plenty of private areas for folks to find a spot all for their own. The beautiful sights and and sounds of the flower gardens make this one of the best spots in all of Metro Detroit for a meditation location.

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Belle Isle

For well over 100 years, Belle Isle has served Detroiters for the purposes of rest and relaxation. These days, the park located in the middle of the Detroit River is doing quite well, with plenty of successful renovations and cleanup efforts transforming the island into something it hasn’t been in decades. It also is home to plenty of quiet beach fronts where those looking to meditate can find a spot and take in the stunning Detroit skyline in a way that only Belle Isle can display.

The Detroit Zen Center

For over 25 years, the Detroit Zen Center has been welcoming Motor City residents seeking out a friendly, dedicated space reserved just for their meditation and zen activities. Membership is available for those looking to reserve spaces during the weekdays with open access of the Detroit Zen Center and its facilities. Sundays include a “First Sunday” session that guest can register for to learn more about the program and the center itself, as well as top techniques in the world of meditation.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.