A Month of Less Distraction – Day 7

Posted by Steven Russell on Monday, July 7, 2014

Tatra Sthitau Yatnah Abhyasa

Of these, effort toward steadiness of mind is practice.

So this isn’t just an experiment. If I’m going to achieve this less distracted mind, I’m going to have to stick with it. Train my mind. I can’t just do it once and then reap the benefits. Just like keeping my body in shape, I’m going to have to work at getting my mind used to being steady, less distracted, more focused. In for a penny, in for a pound I guess.

I taught two yoga classes yesterday. I’ve tried to be less distracting to the people who come to them. I’ve tried to talk less. I just need to give guidance and then let people breathe and find their focus on their own. I can easily become the worst distraction to their practice. Guide and then trust they will progress.

I’m going to try something on the way to work tomorrow. I usually listen to Public Radio. I don’t often listen to music unless I’m on a longer drive. It’s not too hot. I’m going to roll down the windows, leave the radio off and see what happens.


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