AVOIDING DISTRACTIONS

I am avoiding distractions.

I am stopping to think and deciding to not have automatic, thoughtless reactions.

When I finish a task or am waiting for someone and don’t know what to do – I tend to find myself flicking through my mobile as though searching for something to POP out and entertain me, tell me what to do or solve my problems.  I am SO wrapped up in my endless scrolling that by the end of it I don’t even know how long I’ve been doing it for and somehow feel like I’m in a daze.

So, I’ve started being more specific and having an intent before picking up my phone.  I started to ask myself ‘Why am I unlocking my phone?”  “What do I need to do”.  It’s kind of like going to Ikea – I need to have a game plan as to what I need otherwise I’m going to get trapped looking at pretty, shiny things that I don’t intend on having or ever needing.  And just like Ikea – you don’t want to go in there when the sun is out and by the time you come out the sun is going down, you’re exhausted, dazed and you have no idea where the time has gone, and you’ve walked out of there with nothing but some kitchen cloths and candles.

So far, it’s been awesome although there has been some rough patches and I know it’s a journey.  I’ve been mindlessly using my mobile for over 10 years, so I think it’s going to take some time to ‘un-do’ the damage.  I’m now focusing on my soul’s desires, rather than worldly desires – avoiding distractions that will lead me further from my inner being.