A Month of Less Distraction – Day 15

Posted by Steven Russell on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day 14 was a rather busy day. So I’m just going to combine it with Day 15. The TV is on. My husband is watching Judge Judy. Yes, it’s a distraction. I want to watch it, but I’m looking forward to finishing this post and going upstairs. I taught yoga in my garage today with the doors open. It’s been raining and storming all week. I love thunderstorms. Those I don’t find distracting. I find them oddly comforting. At the end of class, during the final relaxation, when I would usually turn up the music, I turned it off and just let the sound of the rain and gentle thunder lull everyone into a deep relaxed state.

Yesterday one of my tasks was to go to the dentist. Ten years ago this would have been a major distraction. Well, more the anticipation. I would have not been able to keep my mind off the worries of the visit. See my blog post about blood for more information, but I don’t think I thought of it once before I got in the car to go there. I find getting my teeth cleaned to be oddly relaxing, just like thunderstorms.

This morning on my way to work the distractions were everyone else on the road. The cars that pulled out in front of me. Who wasn’t driving fast enough. Who didn’t turn fast enough. Who was talking on the radio. So I just shut it off, opened the windows and accepted whatever fate came my way. There was no hurry. I don’t know why I need to be in such a hurry every time I get in the car.

I filled out a survey today that asked if I were happy. I said that I was. Perhaps the word should have been “content.” I am content with my life. There are times that I’m happy. There are times that I am not happy. But I am content. And I can easily keep things like drivers, the TV, the radio, and the weather from being distractions. I have the tools. The breathing, the focusing, the fact that if you ask me, I’m happy. Pain that has not come is avoidable. So why wait until things become distractions to try to eliminate them. Tomorrow morning.


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