Dealing With Distractions In Mindfulness Meditation

Dealing With Distractions In Mindfulness Meditation

Dealing With Distractions In Mindfulness Meditation. So, there you are, meditating beautifully. Your body is totally immobile, and your mind is totally still; You just glide right along following the flow of the breath, in, out, in, out….calm, serene and concentrated. Everything is perfect. And then, all of a sudden, something totally different pops into your mind; “I sure wish I had an ice cream cone.”. That’s a distraction, obviously, that’s not what you are supposed to be doing. You notice that, and you drag yourself back to the breath, back to the smooth flow, in, out, in……And then; “Did I ever pay that cell ‘phone bill”? Another distraction. You notice that one, and you haul yourself back to the breath. In, out, in, out, in……”That new science fiction movie is out. Maybe I can see it with my partner on Tuesday” No, not on Tuesday, got too much to do. Thursday’s better”…….. Another distraction. You pull yourself out of that one, and back you go to the breath, except that you never quite get there, because before you do, that little voice in your head says ”My back is killing me”. On and on it goes, distraction after distraction, seemingly without end.
What a bother. But this is what it is all about. These distractions are actually the whole point. The key is to learn to deal with these things. Learning to notice them without being trapped in them. That’s what we are here for.