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How to Handle Distractions during Mindfulness Meditation

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Eyes Most people find it easiest to meditate because they don't have a lot of noise around them.

As a result, while practicing, I suggest shutting your eyes. If you like, open-eyed meditation (softly looking down at the ground) is appropriate. Some people find it difficult to meditate with their eyes closed.

The Location

Choose a meditation spot in your house, such as the corner of a room where you can shut the door. Choose a location where you will not be bothered. (There's nothing like a ringing phone or doorbell to make you want to stop!) You will become accustomed to your meditation environment by sitting in the same place every day. 

Our surroundings have a significant impact on our ability to alter our behavior. Repetition is important after you've built a new world for yourself—keep coming there!

Decorating or personalizing the space may also be beneficial. Flowers, candles, a symbolic photo (of family members or an inspirational figure, or a nature or art image), and even a meaningful passage written out are all used to make a special meditation spot. It is not appropriate to decorate your meditation space; do what feels good to you. 

Meditation does not necessitate the use of any props. It's a low-tech sport, and all you have to do is set up a room where you think you'll be able to begin.

Distracting factors

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Trying to incorporate quiet meditation into your home life, like so many of us who have active and busy family lives, can be difficult to say the least. Other than meditation, you can feel as if you have an infinite list of things to do—cooking, shopping, housework, renovations, and so on. 

Making meditation a high priority is the best way to grow the habit. Self-care and reflection time are just as critical as the many other tasks you must complete each day. Over time, you'll be able to see it more plainly. Your children or wife, of course, may make a request for your attention. (Have you ever realized how children crave love only when their parents are about to spend some quiet time with them?) 

Even if you can keep your attention open and curious about these distractions, it can be a source of mindfulness practice, and the kids can eventually learn to leave you alone with some guidance and repetition. In reality, some children learn to participate (and children's mediation cushions are available!). Our students also lament that their pets would not allow them to meditate. That could be construed as an explanation along the lines of "my dog ate my homework." 

Most people will shut the door, but I have students who have taught their cats and dogs to sit on their laps and meditate with them. Yes, the dog should be taught to wait!

You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation and Healing here.