how do i stop the noise in my head that causes me to get distracted when I try to meditate
I don't meditate. I know nothing about this, so my answer is probably void. But I hear it's easier to concentrate when you're hungry?
Is it like a constant ringing? Cause I hear that all the time, lol. I wish I knew how to get rid of it too!
When you meditate, you are stilling the mind, it doesn't like this and reacts with distractions, trying to regain control. With all meditation, the first part is relaxation, followed by stilling the mind: no thoughts, no thinking, the idea is to catch these distractions as they occur, be aware of them and then let them go, be detached.
When you say 'noise' do you mean 'thoughts' ? If so, then there is no need to stop them, like Mick says, just watch them. Allow them to come and go with a welcoming attitude. IMHO it really helps to do a meditation retreat for a week or 10 days to get a good insight to what is meant. Desires and thoughts come and go, it is the reaction to them that causes the problem, just accept them for what they are - impermanent phenomena.
Do alot of breathing and concentrate ,visualize your breathing , imagine the air you breath as a blue color when you inhale ,and red when you exhale. After a while your thoughts will sieze, The noises in your head are pretty difficult to remove if your not able to maintain and visualize the breathing.
You've gotten a lot of good advice. In addition here are a few approaches that might help.
You can always use a mantra or short prayer. This gives the mind something to concentrate on and enables you to experience the benefits of meditation. Eventually you seek the silent communion within.
You can try using an image as well. Whatever you choose will be fine. Something that represents your spiritual aspirations and ideals.
Guided meditations work as well.
Focusing on your heartbeat and breathing is another method.
Count to 4 using your heartbeat, you might practice this a few moments and when you are ready breath in 1-2-3-4, hold 1-2, exhale 1-2-3-4, hold 1-2 and start again. Other variations are 6-3-6-3 or 8-4-8-4, you just build up to them.
These calm the mind, Find the one or ones that work, we all find a different way to begin.
The easiest way is to focus on your breathing. Take deep breaths in through your nose, hold it a second or two then blow it out through your mouth like you are blowing out a candle. With the exhale, blow out all of your tenseness and frustrations and outside thoughts.
Just focus on breathing and in a little bit you will be in a trance like state for meditation. The more you practice this, the better you will get at it.
Welcome the noise as passing motor cars while you experience your breath without thoughts or judgements. All the while, knowing that this noise is the sound of life and consciousness. These passing motor cars are not your own, simply thoughts passing through your awareness. And as they pass they deepen your meditation like a hypnotists words relaxing you, letting you know that all is OK as life continues while you go deep within yourself allowing your breathe be experienced as breath and life.
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