Meditation Tip: Embrace Distractions
During meditation, distractions (thoughts, sounds, sensations will come up. Often we try to fight against them and feel annoyed by their arrival. Thoughts and other distractions will always come up (just as your lungs were meant to help you breathe, your mind is meant to help you think). Notice how you feel in your mind, body and spirit (emotionally) when you try to wish away distractions. Then I challenge you to let go of your judgments and your expectation to have silence in your mind during your practice. Let your thoughts/distractions come and go like clouds passing in the sky. Once you get distracted again, bring your attention back to your breath and continue on. If you can practice in this way, you'll notice how much more peaceful and calm you feel afterwards.