You know that feeling when you sit down to work, keen to get on and achieve lots, and then a really annoying noise starts up?!…
Well for the last couple day I have had a gang of work men outside the house doing very noisy jobs! I’m not really sure what they are doing except digging big holes and staring down them for ages. They certainly are loud though. Even with the window shut there are constant scraping sounds, humming sounds and banging sounds. Then there is the sound of the traffic hovering outside my window where temporary traffic lights have been set up! Not really the ideal working conditions…or are they?
Well as it happens I have actually done a couple really good days work whilst they have been there.
I have been training my brain using mindfulness for sometime now. I really have started to develop the ability to treat distractions in life as a motivation to be mindful. Each time a noise, that could be really annoying, crops up I use it as a reminder to be mindful. It gives me a prompt to refocus my attention to where I want it to be.
So each time I heard a bang, a revving car or a machine starting up I simply used the distraction as a reminder to focus all of my attention on my work. The more distractions there are the more reminders you get – it fits in perfectly!
When you start to meditate there can be a temptation to think you need perfect peace and quiet. In actual fact some back ground noise every now and then can be a really useful tool. Once you hear a distracting noise in a meditation it may well alert you to the fact that your mind had wandered. Noticing the thought that is connected to the noise and then bringing your attention back to the focus in your meditation is the perfect way to train your brain.
So don’t let unwanted noises ruin your life. For the most part you probably can’t control the amount of noise other people make. What you can change is how you react to it. Rather than getting tense and annoyed learn to appreciate how the noise can help you. You will be amazed how much more you achieve and how much nicer you feel!
Come on a Revitalise Day to get to grips with your meditation routine. Once you are sorted with some basic principals you will be able to apply your mindfulness techniques everywhere you go, not just in a silent room.