In my continuing struggle to learn as much about the practice of Orthodoxy as I can, I recently purchased a small copy of the Agpeya. I try at least to do the morning and and night hours, but am having a lot of trouble in the morning. It's not that I am not awake or anything like that (though I could learn to embrace discipline and wake up earlier, that's for sure). Right now and for probably at least the next few months I live with my father, who is not at all Orthodox or respectful of the regiment I am trying to establish and stick to. He's not purposefully disrespectful, it's just not really possible to find any peace and quiet in the morning in which to focus on God and pray to Him. Like this morning, I got maybe 10-12 minutes into the morning prayers (through the first few lines of Psalm 50) before he started yelling things to me (nice things, you know..."good morning", "how'd you sleep?", but still yelling and being a distraction). I ignored him but eventually the noise of his shuffling around, coughing, typing on his computer, etc. crept into my thoughts and I started losing my concentration. I pretty much stopped after the introductory prayers.
I know that this is a me problem, not the fault of others, and I know that we've had other threads on concentration lately. What I am more interested in is how to (try to) create the proper atmosphere for prayer in a place where you can't have all the essentials. I recently listened to Dr. Mark Girguis' talk on obstacles in prayer (on orthodoxsermons.org) and the parts about creating the proper atmosphere for prayer, and the steps involved in approaching God and making a good prayer really concerned me. I can't just not pray, I know that well enough, but at the same time I also can't have a space dedicated only to prayer (I have a very small room, and while I do always pray pretty much always in the same spot, that's more out of necessity and it's not a place consecrated for that purpose). I also can't have icons or candles, and there is not enough physical space to prostrate. It is pretty much just the Bible, the Agbeya, the Liturgy of St. Basil, and me against the world of blaring rock'n'roll songs, TV, coughing fits, loud phone calls, yelling, etc.
What do I do here? How do I create a holy atmosphere in such an environment while still being respectful of the fact that I am a guest in another's house? I don't like 10-12 minute prayers, and I don't like opening the Agpeya (or anything intended to connect me to God) only to close it again without really doing anything. God deserves more than that from me, and I want to give Him my best.