I am still pretty new to meditation, although I feel like I am off to a strong start.
My catch is this - I feel I need absolute silence to have my best meditations. When it is completely silent, I am able to really get lost in the meditation and silence my mind.
However - most nights, my wife works from home as an online tutor - and she talks VERY loud. Loud enough that her voice carries through my closed door upstairs to where I can hear it.
The natural starts and stops of her conversations shake the calmness of my mind as they distract me and get internal dialogue started that wasn't there before. I have tried putting on my headset and playing white noise in the hopes of drowning out her voice. Unfortunately - I inevitably pick out rhythms of any streaming white noise and begin thinking about and anticipating the rhythm changes and that is distracting me from focusing on my breath and a silent mind.
Does anyone have any suggestions or practices they are able to use in a situation where they can't get silence while meditating? Any suggestions are very welcome.
EDIT: Changing my schedule isn't an option - night time is really my only window for a meditation routine.