As meditation practice develops you may find yourself noticing and being annoyed by the everyday noise. This noise can take the form of television, conversations, politics, cell phone interruptions, and all of the distractions of modern life. You might say to yourself “if I could just get away from all of this, I’d be at peace”. You may also want to join in and say "I need to do something about this". This is a thought loop and a gift for your practice. Anytime we drift into the land of “if only” or “I can’t until…” we are placing the obstacle in our path. It is easy to blame the external distraction however, that is what creates the loop.
Below are 5 ways to work with these sorts of obstacles.
- You feel resistance; you want to resist something. Instead, just be with and experience whatever it is - let your heart open towards this experience.
- Extend gratitude for this unexpected or uninvited experience. Gratitude changes the energy of resistance.
- Create an imaginary bubble between yourself and whatever it is. Set an energetic boundary - if you can not set any other type of boundary. Imagine your bubble extending outward.
- Say to yourself “I am one with this experience, and this experience is one with me” until you feel a sense of balance and calm. This harmony will help you work with instead of resisting.
- Take several deep breaths. Breathe inward, take in the situation or experience … breathe outward the thought of loving-kindness toward this challenge.