A Month of Less Distraction Day 6

Posted by Steven Russell on Sunday, July 6, 2014

Abhyasa vairagyabhyam tan nirodhah

These mental modifications are restrained by practice and non-attachment.

I made it a whole day yesterday without going on any of my chat apps. That took some practice. Actually I failed three times. I opened one up, but then realized what I was doing and closed it right away. I have to say I wasn’t very attached to going through with it. It didn’t possess my mind the way I thought it would. I didn’t ache to find out who had messaged me. Perhaps I should pick something more alluring to practice my elimination of distraction. Hmmmm….

I finished the Misadventures book and am now on to Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. I must say that my whole distraction elimination exercise brought that about. I probably wouldn’t have started and finished the first book in such a short time without some extra time on my hands.

I’m sitting here at lunch. I thought about the TV. But I came here to write instead. I’m getting less and less attached to the TV. I’m even less attached to my chat apps today than I normally would be. I just hope I don’t eat more instead.

I think I’m also noticing more things about myself during this time, that TV and chatting would have take my mind away from. Some things are good. I think more about what I’m doing if the TV isn’t on. I also notice everything good or bad about my body. Every little ache. Every little discomfort. I suppose I should do what I do in yoga. Breathe into the discomfort. Get comfortable with the discomfort. Accept what about it won’t change, but allow the body to relax and adjust to a new place to be. 

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