LS Reducing Distractions

Later, when you are familiar and established with The BASICS, you will easily do them anywhere, without effort, no matter the environment you find yourself in. For the first month to a year, you may need a calm structured space for your practice. This can help train the brain to accept your change in habit.

The reduction of distractions in your space can help you relax the body while letting go of your conscious driven thoughts. One of the conscious mind’s jobs is to use your five senses to gather external information and assess change that may occur. When this information is handed over to the brain, it induces thoughts based on your patterns and perceptions. You can reduce your distractions by doing the following:

  • Eliminate sound or noise of any kind. Even in a quiet space, you can have bleed-in noise that you normally would not notice. If you have earplugs, use them. If you cannot silence the sounds then block them with white noise or soothing instrumental music that is less distracting than the noise itself.
  • Reduce what you see. If you are visually orientated, sight can be a distraction for you. Closing your eyes, sitting in a dark room, wearing a sleep mask, or removing distractions of light and light movement can be helpful.
  • Touch, for the kinesthetic, can lead to all kinds of distractions. Fabrics that previously did not catch your attention might become distracting as the brain looks for re-connection to your environment. Keep things against your skin that have a comfortable texture and pressure.
  • Taste may surprise you once you are in your practice space. If your mouth feels fresh or clean it reduces this distraction. Also, being hydrated helps. Try drinking an eight-ounce glass of water 10-20 minutes prior to your practice.
  • For most, scent is the least distracting of the senses because the smell of yourself and your space is familiar. If the air is stagnant or too full of smells, the mind will drift. Keep your air fresh.