How to Deal with Distractions


I face a problem when i try to concentrate on my studies. Suppose I heard some nice music or melody some times back which I loved...the tune of the melody constantly plays at the back of my mind..all the time. How can I get rid of this?

—Aditi Karmakar, India


Dear Aditi,

You might try shifting your focus to an uplifting chant or phrase which will help to draw more superconsciousness rather than subconsciousness. You can repeat this chant or phrase throughout the day, either out loud or just mentally, depending on your circumstances. This practice is really a form of “japa” which allows the awareness to be more uplifted.

The mind will tend to play back whatever exerts a strong influence on it. By setting up new habits that are uplifting to the mind, we can more readily expand our consciousness and change those influences. We then are more able to choose our thoughts rather than being subjected to downward or outward pulling thoughts and ideas.

A good book to gain more understanding of this is Awaken to Superconsciousness by Swami Kriyananda.

The practice of meditation is also an important key to helping to be more focused and not be caught by distractions. I would suggest learning to meditate if you don’t already do so. In India you can contact Ananda India at for information about classes and locations.

In divine friendship,
Nayaswami Pranaba