Janet L.

Janet L.

Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 20 (Member)

Distracting noises

  • Nov 7th, 2018 at 11:56PM

Last night the meditation went quickly, and I attribute this to the fact that it was after midnight and I was exhausted from two companies reporting. I just kept repeating “now” and the thought chain was mostly absent.

Tonight I returned home to a big puddle and Fang stuck in the middle of it with her feet on a lower shelf. I took the dogs out and cleaned up the mess after. I wanted to watch the election coverage but did my meditation first. I settled Fang in a dog nest and put some treats in Fido’s bowl before settling down. I sat with my feet up and hands folded. My inclination is to close my eyes. Whereas last night I focused on “now” tonight I focused on breathing. But that allowed my mind to wander. I listened to Fang snoring. I tried to align my breathing with her snoring. But there was a backdrop of Fido chowing down. That led to thoughts about this blog. And so the struggle went. The problem was the breathing was deep almost naturally and didn’t require much thought.

That said, the 5 minutes seemed to fly by. I look forward to these brief moments of attempted peace.

NB Due to viewing of election coverage, workout didn’t happen.

 
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14 comments

Susan B.Susan B.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 6 (Member)
10 months ago

Know what you mean, Janet. That election coverage was a workout in itself!


    Wendy Hale D.Wendy Hale D.Alumni
    10 months ago

    I agree with Susan B! Noises also figure in my meditations...


      Megan D.Megan D.Alumni
      10 months ago

      So happy to be sharing this journey with you Janet... looking forward to some calm seas ahead.


        Thomas P.Thomas P.Kenzai Member
        10 months ago

        Funny Janet. Aligning breathing with a dog‘s snoring!
        All the best for the program

        Thomas


          Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 6 (Member)
          10 months ago

          I bet as teh profgram progresses - easier to do and deal with distractions

          Go JAnetgo


            Greg V.Greg V.Kenzai Run | Day 48 (Member)
            10 months ago

            you might try imagining an open window floating above you in front of a clear blue sky. any noises or distractions simply pass through the open window and are carried away by the breeze. it always works for me...


              Meghan J.Meghan J.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 20 (Member)
              10 months ago

              Election and meditation are two things at cross-purposes😂. Good for you for sticking with it and getting five solid minutes in! I’ve also used an app called Calm to help me focus.


                Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
                Assistant Trainer10 months ago

                When focusing on the breath, you could try focusing on one point where the breath is obvious. I like to focus on the space just where the breath enters the nostrils and really feel the coolness of the in breath and warmness on of the out breath. You could also focus on the rise and fall of your belly. Physical sensations like these are sometimes helpful to cultivate focus but being distracted by noises is just part of the experience.


                  John M.John M.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 20 (Member)
                  10 months ago

                  @Janet
                  Watching election coverage is not conducive to meditation, regardless of your politics, I would think.
                  @Jenny
                  I thought your suggestions of the many things once can focus on during breathing were helpful. For you the coolness of the inhalation. For me, I think it was the expansion and contraction of my diaphragm that I noticed and focused on.


                    Kate H.Kate H.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 20 (Member)
                    10 months ago

                    Fang and Fido keeping life real on the home front, I love the co-breathing/snoring meditation. Im gonna use my dogs snoring as a reminder to do some of my own deep breathing. Genius!


                      Elissa ImranElissa ImranReboot | Day 20 (Member)
                      Trainer10 months ago

                      Damn dogs interrupting your meditative state!
                      I am no meditation expert...but I imagine as you get more practiced you'll be able to tune those kinds of things out too.


                        John C.John C.Kenzai Member
                        10 months ago

                        Too funny, Janet...


                          Jennifer W.Jennifer W.Kenzai Iron | Day 83 (Member)
                          10 months ago

                          Hahaha!!! I love it! I have been meditating in bed for a long time at night and often focus on Jax's breath (and used to be Lambchop's too). It's actually very sweet. I look forward to these moments of attempted peace as well : ))


                            Yvonne T.Yvonne T.Kenzai Member
                            10 months ago

                            It is amazing what we hear when we get quiet. Aligning your breathing with your dog's snoring just cracked me up! Have a relaxing weekend ahead!


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