Cittasanto wrote:What is wrong with just not paying attention to them?
but just tried that esc suggestion and i was surprised it worked
Well, I think that is the very best
Not ignoring, but accepting them and let go of the attention.
I can do that. But not always. Depends, how relaxed and 'sati'-full it is.
This morning, when I started this post, I wasn't at all ;-)
On the other hand the Buddha suggested to visit quiet, secluded places for meditation - with little distraction only.
Removing the smileys with one of the external methods mentioned above makes this 'place' more quiet.
"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as 'concentration', but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps 'unification' is a better rendition, as samadhi means 'to bring together'. Deep samadhi isn`t at all stiff. It`s a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." Bhikkhu Anālayo