i am nearly finished reading "mindfulness in plain english"- then i will be ready to start my practice. i have been trying to think of the best place to sit quietly. in my house, there are few places i can think of that will be without some sort of noisy distractions. when the weather turns nice again, i have a nice quiet spot on my property in mind (i live in the country, very isolated, which is nice), so that won't be a problem, but with winter coming on, i'll be sitting indoors. my wife always has the radio on, which can be heard all over the house, and we have 7 cats that are always running around.
i found a place in the basement (my home gym) which is fairly quiet except for the furnace popping on & off. i was toying with recording some kind of "white noise" or ambient "music" i could have on that would act to drown out the distractions, but then i thought "what about earplugs?" anyone use them? the only down side to this idea i can think of is the sounds inside your head such as breathing, a cough, swallowing, etc.. get amplified with earplugs, which might be just as annoying as the furnace.