How frustrating is it to sit down, close our eyes, and find out we can’t meditate?
Meditation has rise in popularity for some time now but this doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park.
There are tons of distractions that disturbs our time of peaceful mindfulness.
If you are beginner in meditating, you’ll find 7 common distractions in meditation that comes your way.
Meditating doesn’t have to be hard. Here is how to deal with those annoyances.
How to Deal with 7 Common Distractions in Meditation
1. Physical sensations
Many times your body will itch.
You’ll also feel like ants walking all over your body.
You may also sneeze or cough.
Sometimes there are bodily pains and other times a sense of tiredness from the arms or legs.
These little annoyance disturbs our meditation.
When this happens to you, don’t move or give in to the urges.
If the pain is too much, then readjust your position until its comfortable for you.
2. Outside stimuli
What is more disturbing than the rushing sounds of train, neighbor’s blasting music, and constant chattering in the house?
Sight, sound, smell, touch, and feel are all wonderful physical senses that helps us get through the world.
But in meditation, it’s a disturbance because now all of these sensations are stopping you from actually meditating.
Perhaps your dog is barking and you feel like you should get up and tell the dog to be quiet.
Or you feel that a mosquito is flying around you nonstop and making you worry.
The outside world is disturbing our concentrated meditative session.
We must learn to shut them out by denying them attention.
Our body is capable to adapting anything.
When you are in a room full of stench, sooner or later you will adapt to the smell and it won’t affect you as much.
Similarly, we can adapt to whatever is happening on the outside which attempts to disturb our meditation.
Don’t worry about what is happening to the outside world – it’s not like you can stop it anyway.
3. Restless thoughts, daydreams and wonders
Your thoughts are everywhere. There’s too many thoughts.
It’s very common for a beginning meditator to feel restless.
After all, we have lived for years in a world which constantly changes.
So our mind constantly changes, bringing up random thoughts.
At some point, we may even be bored and seek to run off somewhere.
If not physically, then we may fly off to our daydreams and wonders.
All of this creates doubts and worries in your mind because most of those thoughts are not at all helpful.
Don’t try to stamp out those thoughts or fight them back.
Just ignore them. Allow those thoughts to flow through but don’t engage with them.
Soon the restless mind will cease and you will attain peace.
Along with our restless mind, we will come across recollections of the past.
These events includes happy moments, negative moments, and moments where you “should have” done differently.
Our memories may bring up feelings associated with our past remembrance.
But most of the time our memories distract us from attaining our meditative state of mind.
We, too, must deny our past our attention the same way we ignore our random thoughts.
Unlike our restless thoughts, we cannot afford to allow our memories to play in our mind.
When you come across your recollections, focus back on the present moment or focus on your breath.
5. Thought analyzing
For the beginner, the mind will tend to analyze everything that is happening to us.
It’s a subtle analysis of our own mental state.
Am I in meditation yet? Is this alpha or theta state consciousness? I am happy or sad?
Wait, I shouldn’t be thinking this.
Ok focus! I am focusing.
If I say “I am focusing”, does that mean that I am still not in meditation, so I’m not focusing?
When the mind constantly analyze, it diverts the attention away from what we are doing – meditating.
As a meditator, we must think only on the object of concentration and not about the thoughts and analysis concerning it.
When this happens to you, surrender your analysis and just BE.
In fact, be too lazy to analyze because no matter how much you analyze it will be too much to reach an adequate conclusion.
So tell yourself to give up and analyze later when you are in conscious state of mind.
In meditation, you are practicing to be wide awake while in an altered state of consciousness.
At times you experience a sense of sleepiness, drowsiness, or a fading into unconscious.
You either are asleep or awake but you can’t practice the two states at the same time.
The bulk of falling asleep while in meditation has a lot to do with what happens before the meditation.
Are you tired from the day? Did you get a good rest last night? Have you eaten in the last 2 hours?
It’s a good idea to cleanse yourself and wear a different set of comfortable clothes to meditate with because it won’t be stained by all the other energies that you picked up throughout the day.
If you feel sleepy, catch yourself falling asleep.
Don’t worry if you did fell asleep. Continue the practice the next day.
7. Influence of Other’s Thoughts
Not only can you be disturbed by your own thoughts or outside influence, but you can be disturbed by the influence of outside thoughts.
As a sensitive, you may be influenced by other’s thoughts and emotions.
They don’t have to be in the same room nor be in the same world.
This means that thoughts of other worldly entities such as discarnate spirits may influence you to some degree.
At first, it may be scary to hear the voice of something unfamiliar to you and, yet, feels as if it is speaking directly at you.
I assure you that you are not crazy or schizophrenic for hearing voices not of your own.
For these thoughts are like yours – restless and random – and they are also distractions to our meditation.
Chant the mantra “A-U-M” to close all other worlds, including the physical world, so that you may retreat into meditation.
Be steady in Our Mind
Keep the 7 common distractions away at a distance from your consciousness.
Whatever that is disturbing or distracting you, ignore them and heed them no attention.
When you have practiced meditation and mental control to a certain degree, you will reap the spiritual experience beyond your understanding.