There are people who love to be in the middle of all the action at all times. Maybe you call them Type A or Extroverts, or whatever, but they are known to seek the sounds and sights of life to feel completely and truly fulfilled. Then there is the opposite introvert or recluse who craves a quiet nook or cranny at home or the office to be silent for a few moments and reflect. They want to turn everything off in their environment. They want to remove themselves from the world and delve into the inner depths of the soul. This is hard to do unless you are meditating, but sometimes it seems necessary to take a deep breath, escape a bit, and then move on. When life gets to be too intrusive and too much of a bombardment of sensations, this person needs help.
Two scenarios and very different approaches to one’s day. Noise cancelling is not something most people think about. When one is in the Om zone, however, it is paramount. Sounds can take over one’s mental perceptions. Meditation is the time you set aside for yourself and loud sounds are not conducive to a positive experience. No wonder the monasteries of Tibet are so prized for their atmospheric of quiet. It is hard to attain that ultimate silent peace that cleanses the soul and rids it of urban toxins.
When a person decides to undertake a program of meditation, he or she has to find the right spot, preferably alone at home. It is usually the same, comfortable place of choice. If there is a great deal of surrounding traffic, noisy kids in the neighborhood, or barking dogs, it isn’t going to be easy. You can always close the window, but it doesn’t always do the job. I suggest earplugs or earphones as tools to deaden unwanted sound. You can choose what suits you best and is most comfortable. After all, distractions are the enemy of meditation in principal.
Some people can dampen them on their own just by entering the zone using imagery or reciting a mantra. Others, however, need that extra bit of help. Earplugs are the low tech answer to noise pollution. Ear phones and muffs are a bit more technological—you can listen to music or even answer the phone. I personally think they draw a lot of attention to themselves compared to the mini wax ball. No matter. The more expensive counterparts are designed to fit snugly and comfortably over the head so you don’t even know they are there.
So there is indeed a way to get rid of noise, especially in those special meditative moments. There is nothing as relaxing and palliative as quiet. We all have crazy busy lives that require us to stop once in a while and have a respite. Meditation is one wonderful solution to many of life’s problems. It is not done just to evade noise, of course, but that is one great side benefit.