Mindfulness Calms the Mind when you Need it Most (Noisy Neighbours via Thich Nhat Hanh)

OMG! don’t you just love it when you open a page at random and it says just what you needed to hear?

I live in a flat under a baby elephant; which is especially apparent at 3am.
Insomniac that I am, a cup of tea was a more realistic idea than trying to get back to sleep.

Tich Naht Hanh

Opening a book at random, Thich Nhat Hanh’s cooling wisdom pacified my mind:
“If there is a thought like, ‘it is late, but the neighbors are surely making a lot of noise’, simply recognize that that thought has arisen.”
How did he know?!

This is so like ‘the silent watcher’ meditation that Gen Tharchin, a true Kadampa yogi, teaches.
Tich advises us to simply acknowledge the presence of the thought – not to grasp onto it – but to allow it to float on through our mind like a cloud floating through the sky.

SO, if the neighbor continues their drumming practice, causing the thought or feeling to persist; just continue to recognize it.
Try not to follow the troubled line of thinking, because that just fuels the mind of annoyance. Try to resist the temptation to go upstairs with a stun gun or baseball bat, in order to encourage the noisy neighbor to be quiet. This just makes the situation worse.
And who can get to sleep with an angry mind?

Rather, acknowledge ‘there is anger’. Don’t dwell on it ~ let it go.

It helps me to breathe out the anger.
Try practicing a simple breathing meditation, put on on some music of your own, or get lost in something absorbing and uplifting (like writing a blog!)

Whatever, just let the anger go.

This allows the angry thunder-cloud in our mind to diminish to a wispy summer cloud, floating undisturbed through our mind; leaving us calm, clear and peaceful.

mmm, bliss.

‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’ Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation: simple easy instructions for getting started and Short Meditation
The Meditation Challenge

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Luna Kadampa
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 17:45:48

    this is a reallynice article! very practical. And i like that elephant picture 🙂



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  3. Pearl Howie (@PearlEscapes)
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 21:53:35

    Thank you!



    • Shanti Baku
      Dec 09, 2013 @ 17:13:24

      Thanks for your comment Pearl.
      I’d forgotten I’d written this post, but the same neighbour has got worse over the years; and it’s good to read Thay’s advice again. Your reminder was well timed!

      All power to your mindfulness if you have noisy neighbours too.



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