Distraction

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 | 0 comments

Have you noticed all the devices that distract us from what is really important?  When we watch TV (a distraction in itself most of the time) have you noticed the crawl across the bottom of the screen?  When we go out for a meal with friends or family have you noticed how many TVs there are in the restaurant?  What about the radio playing everywhere?  And of course there are the ever present hand-held devices that make us feel that we are somehow missing something if we don’t know about it immediately. Have you ever stopped to wonder exactly what it is we are being distracted from?  How about why we are being distracted?  I am not talking about a conspiracy by the media or the makers of technology, they are simply filling the demands of the consumers.  The bigger question is; why are we, the consumers, demanding these distractions?  We can’t all have ADD!  My opinion is that we want to be distracted from ourselves.  This is why meditation is so difficult – because when we sit in silence we meet ourselves face to face.  And sometimes we don’t like what we see. We are running scared by constantly having our attention drawn to things outside of ourselves.  We are afraid that if we stop running away and sit still and listen we may find that the life we have is not the life we need.  And if that realization comes home to roost, we will be forced to make changes.  And change is hard and uncomfortable and scary. But when we look at the alternative, a life spent running from ourselves, it seems pointless.  Like a dog chasing its own tail!  It takes real courage to sit down with ourselves and truly listen.  To “hear” the fears and joys of our heart.  To be truly present with our lives.  Meditation and Yoga is not for the faint of heart. We can all begin by just noticing the ways in which we distract ourselves.  It may be checking e-mail/phones/news constantly.  Or maybe having the TV on all the time without watching it.  Perhaps it is being “plugged in” every waking minute.  But there is good news, once we are aware of something, we have the power to change it.  It may take time and energy.  But with patience, love and kindness we may just find ourselves living a life that is bigger and better than we ever dreamed. We owe it to ourselves, to the people we love and love us, and to the world to live our very best life.  It is only by changing ourselves that we are able to change the...

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