We live in a fast paced world. It seems that the more advanced we become the less time we have. There are so many things around us constantly calling for our attention, and it can be a bit hard to keep up.
Distractions can come in many forms, and at times we allow our distractions to become limitation. When we give energy to one thing, we are choosing not to give energy to something else.
How much time do you spend on facebook a day? Do you spend an equal amount of time making actual friends, new connections? Instead of spending time in Farmville, go out to a farm and actually engage the earth.
Identifying our distractions can be easy, changing the patterns that keep us bound to them can take a bit more work. If you do not currently keep a journal, I suggest you start one sooner than later. One way to see where you are surrendering time is to keep a log of how long you spend in meditation, on the computer, working, reading, etc. Keeping a time log is much like keeping a calorie log. Until you know where your calories are coming from it is difficult to balance your diet.
One thing that I also encourage is setting spiritual goals. What is it that you want to create, do, or experience spiritually? Giving yourself things to work towards allows you the ability to move, but it also allows you to better identify the distractions along the road. An example of distraction impeding spiritual practice is often seen in mediation. We decide we want to meditate. Then we have to go out and buy the meditation books, cushions, just the right meditation music, and all the while we could just start meditating. Now, I understand it is important to expand knowledge, to get fun tools to assist in our practice, but if the search for “just the right” tools is keeping us from starting our practice, then it becomes a distraction.
Being able to take conscious steps to engage our distractions, moving away from things that are limiting you. Decide on a place to move towards, and then start moving.
What are your distractions?
What keeps you from showing up to your practice? What can you do to remove those limitations?
You are loved. You are Beautiful. You are Divine