Then of course there is the ambient noise. I just listen to it and don’t try to resist it, but I don’t “think” about it either. The best way I’ve figured out how to do this is to catch myself when I’m thinking in words, and instead feel the feelings. My loud and needy cat is scratching at the door while I’m trying to meditate? If I start thinking, “This has got to be the most annoying cat in the world. If it’s not one thing it’s another. Why can’t I get an effing second to myself,” I try to stop the flow of words going through my head and instead focus on the physical feelings it is producing in my body. This is helpful because somehow it allows me to aknowledge my irritation, accept it, and move on. Then it just becomes a sound. I don’t think meditating is about resisting the sounds and feelings and whatever other stimuli is being picked up by your senses, I think it’s about learning to coexist with them and react appropriately to them.
If you can't remove yourself, get some headphones, download some tranquil music, this will help drown out the noise. Close your eyes.
Focus on breath and on regaining emotional and physical stability before the next distraction comes. Repeat as needed.
I really enjoy this meditation that you can do in any environment. The key is to observe physical sensations, thoughts, emotions with a curiosity and an openness regardless of the environment. Of course, it is also nice to have other meditations where it’s more quiet. Perhaps you could try mini meditations in your car or in the bathroom or something. Tell your loved ones that you need to do some quiet time. This could be in the evening or the morning. Even one minute is meaningful. All the best 🙂
- How do you feel after meditation?
- How do you meditate well through illness or feeling pain? I find I struggle to breathe gently if I’m snuffling with a heavy cold and find it difficult to find peaceful calm in the face of persistent pain. Does anyone have strategies for meditating through these sort of challenges?
- Do you feel that meditation helps you?
- When do you find it easier to meditate: early in the day or to help wind down at night?
- How does one move from guided meditations to self directed meditation?
- How do I suppose to feel when meditate?
- How often do you recommend meditation?
- Best application to help me meditate?
- What part of meditation is your favorite?
- How do you motivate yourself to accomplish your habits when you’re busy?