The world we have created is full of distractions. It has left the majority of us with the inability to focus on one single task.
In the United Kingdom it is illegal to use mobile phones whilst driving. Even when driving at speed people allow themselves to be distracted by technology. We are addicted to our chosen distraction.
When I was in my mid-twenties the relationship I was in was failing yet I was unwilling to accept this fact. At this time I began to suffer with claustrophobia especially when using elevators. Elevators are often stark and lacking stimulation. Looking back, I believe my claustrophobia was caused by an unwillingness to be stuck alone with my thoughts. There would be nothing to distract me and I would have to face facts.
Without our constant distractions we would have to deal with the constant chatter in our heads!
We would have to face our insecurities, fears, worries and anything else we are reluctant to deal with.
People often talk about mindfulness as a solution to this problem. Mindfulness is described as the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. This can be developed through the practice of meditation or through other training.
Isn’t mindfulness an unbefitting word as our minds are already full of chatter? Mindemptyness would surely be better?
Another word to use instead of mindfulness could be awakeness but my favourite is awareness.
We need to be more aware.
- Aware of our surroundings
- Aware when carrying out the task we need to complete
- Aware of our feelings
- Aware of our energy
- Aware of our spirit
Mark- The Alchemist’s Journey