D is for Distractions
Uh! Sometimes meditating can be so frustrating! You just settle down in your quiet calm spot and the neighbours rev up their lawn mower, you can hear the kids arguing downstairs, and your phone just rang, again… what if it was important??
The practice of mindful meditation means that you will undoubtedly come across distractions. If you’re anything like me you will come across distractions all. the. time. But the good news is, that’s ok.
MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teaches methods to notice the distractions, then send them packing! We cover this in more detail on our 8 week course, but if you’d like to give it a go now, there’s nothing stopping you.
Next time you are meditating, and you realise you have been distracted, allow yourself to recognise that fact. Remember, part of mindfulness is about not judging yourself, so you don’t need to admonish yourself, or beat yourself up in any way, just recognise what has happened. Now imagine clouds floating through the sky, moving across above your head. Finally, imagine the distraction being placed on one of the clouds, and slowly floating away.
You can now continue your meditation by bringing your thoughts back to where you were.
This method can take practice, and it can be a challenge to not get frustrated or angry with yourself if you have a session where you find you get distracted a lot (we all have them), so if you decide to give it a go I’d love to hear how you get on.