As anyone who has sat down and tried to meditate knows, the mind and the outside world are very noisy places! Well, guess what? This realization is an important first step in recognizing how much you are constantly dealing with both internal and external stimul. Have you ever hiked to the top of a mountain and listened – silence. And you notice it because you rarely hear true silence. Are we doomed in our quest to find calm and peace in the practice of meditation unless we climb a mountain? Fortunately, the answer is no. (but climbing a mountain is okay too!)
Try to find a place that is your best bet for quiet and turn off your phone and computer. As soon as you close your eyes and become quiet, you are now more aware of the street noise, airplanes, yard work, people talking, children playing, dogs barking, and clocks ticking. If you can easily change any of these things, then do so. If not, embrace the noise as part of your meditation. Thus, the noise becomes just another part of your experience, like the breath, the floor you’re sitting upon, and your thoughts.
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