Now I could notice the flaming colors of the autumnal trees, the layers of white and gray clouds in the blue sky, my feet walking along the path crunching brittle leaves, the cool wind smelling of rain.
That’s the antidote to distracted living, and distracted driving as well. It’s simple. If we stay home in the present, and pay attention to what is right now, we will no longer miss out on opportunities to share love, beauty or joy.
What about when we are upset, angry, scared or sad? Amazingly, when we stop distracting ourselves from painful emotions and just sit there with them, we go through the difficult feelings more quickly. When there is no resistance, often the emotional storm rolls through and is gone. And sometimes, there is even a jewel of laughter to be found after the storm passes.
What are your major distractions? What helps you “stay home?” I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to share your experiences, concerns and wisdom on this topic.