Out of Distractedness Limiting Habits Are Born. Like a Monkey that jumps from one tree branch to the next, the mind chases one thought after another. Day-dreaming, fantasizing, robot-like and on auto-pilot, we are then only half present – a shell of a body here but the mind and heart (passion) are absent – already checked out. Pre-occupied, distracted and floating in a reverie of associative thoughts and images we are then disconnected with the world and people. We don’t hear half of what is said in meetings, don’t relate well with colleagues or loved ones and don’t appreciate our many blessings – always on the look out for something else. And when that something else does arrive – well, we are not present to enjoy it.
Since random thoughts and emotions are inseparable, we are then open and vulnerable to a whole range of sensations that accompany them – hope and hopelessness, momentary joy followed by sadness, irritability, anger and other strong emotions can take us over … like a see/saw emotionally up and down we go and experience contraction in the abs, lower back, chest, jaws, shoulders or butterflies in the stomach – from which we want to escape.
To do away with the discomfort of contraction to the amusement of distraction we sway. We give into our impulses and since they are only symptom relief, the source of discontent is untouched. Frustrated, we seek newer and bigger thrills and along the way establish new self-limiting habits and patterns that further drain our inner/outer resources.