I am most successful at making time to meditate on workdays, perhaps given they are more structured days. By the time lunch comes around for me I am ready to run into the treatment room, turn off the light, and sit for 10 minutes on a short exam stool.
Initially the techno-squealing was annoying. Now it gives me something external to focus on if I need help quieting the mind. Besides, even if that wasnt there my ears would still probably ring.
Somehow I’ve lost track of watching the breath. I only watch a few breaths at a time. 🙂
What I have gotten good at is giving myself “permission to be at peace” for these 10 minutes, permission to not have to follow thoughts or work out problems. I center myself by remembering that I am not on the noisy side of the psych ward at the moment, that I can let go of the reverb in my head of those noises. Then, I try to watch my breath for a few and listen for the quiet in the room.