So, it’s a new day. We’ve just woken up, and after preparing for the day, we’re off to work or to the completion of tasks. We have a sense of what we want to get done, or have to get done, and we’re ready to meet the challenges before us. We may make some progress for a couple of hours, and then a distraction pops across our life stage. Maybe it’s the email alert on our phone, or a phone call from the cable company wanting to sell us more services, or we remember something important we were supposed to do and didn’t. Suddenly, all our attention and focus has been taken hostage by the distraction. We can very easily feel as if our day has been de-railed. Sometimes, we are able to recover, find our focus, and get back on track. And, sometimes, we just follow one distraction after another until day’s end and feel the emptiness of having wasted a productive day.
So here’s a little tip! When distraction occurs, treat it like you would treat a thought during meditation. Take care of the basics. Deal with the call, or respond quickly to the email, or write down a time to get the important thing done that was forgotten. Then, let it go. Send it off as if you were sending a text and hearing ‘swish.’ It’s gone. Done. Now, simply return to what you were doing before the distraction occurred.
This is the process we use in meditation. When a thought comes into our mind, we give it a moment’s attention, let it go, and return to the Divine Presence. As in meditation, so in life. When we lose focus, we can simply give a moment’s notice or action to what has claimed our attention, and then let it go, and return to our previous focused attention. This is bringing meditation right into the ‘down and dirty’ of everyday life!