Do we have the courage to not be distracted?
There are so many ways to distract ourselves each day with smart phones, social media, tv, books, podcast. How much of our day do we actually take time to be fully present without any distractions? Do we take time in our day to actually do NOTHING, just let ourselves BE? I would say probably not very much.
We have become so accustomed to DOING all the time. Even when we are “resting", we are still scrolling, reading, watching.
What is this aversion to doing nothing, why do we keep ourselves distracted? First of all, I think it is a pattern we have created to feel the need to be doing something all the time and be constantly stimulated. Second, I think when we do nothing thoughts, feelings, emotions can begin to arise - uncomfortable stuff. So instead of dealing with it or letting it pass, we distract ourselves, numb or push the feelings away.
It is not easy to deal with uncomfortable emotions, feelings and thoughts. However, I truly believe, if we don't take time to explore the uncomfortable stuff, these emotions will surface in others ways and may dictate our decisions and how we live our life
Whilst it is important to explore not being distracted, explore feelings and emotions, it can be too much to stay there all the time. So yes, there is a role for distractions and they can be a much needed relief. Remember when going through challenging times we may need to reach out to friends or get help to work with these strong emotions and feelings.
Many great things can come about when we allow ourselves to just BE- ideas, creativity and true relaxation. When we explore ourselves (even the uncomfortable stuff), understand ourselves more, who we truly are and our patterns, I think we will find that we are living lighter, fuller more awake lives.
Do we have the courage to slow down and not be distracted? I feel it is imperative for us to start asking ourselves this.
Our practices can help us very much in this exploration, help us stay present and help us work with the uncomfortable feelings. Here is a breathing practice, I use all the time. It is a Simple Breathing Practice and can be done anywhere, anytime to help bring us back to the present moment. Check out video here ⬇️⬇️⬇️
Love and light,