On distractions


I talked to my therapist today about what enables good writing for me. What it boils down to is not letting my mind get pulled by the distractions. And wooo buddy are there ALWAYS distractions.

This is why I chose return as my theme for 2014.

I chose to focus on writing for ONE HOUR this afternoon. Just one hour. Just after I’d turned the timer on, I swear to everything holy a car alarm started going off. I had to laugh. I could let myself be distracted by the car alarm, or I could choose to focus on what I wanted.

Here’s what I want: I want to immerse myself in the world and characters I’m creating. I remembered what I wanted. And every time the fucking car alarm went off again (because oh, it did), I heard as a reminder to return to my focus.

I’m grateful for the years of practice I’ve had at meditation. I’ve learned that every moment is an opportunity to return to what I want to focus on. I don’t have to shame myself for getting distracted. I can just return. And so I do.

What are you choosing to focus on these days?

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4 thoughts on “On distractions

  1. Frances KR

    Right now, weirdly, I’m kind of pulling back and trying to figure out what I want to keep from being distracted from. (This, I find, is a common post-travel response.)

    1. slowbloom Post author

      Choosing what you want to focus on will bring a lot of clarity, I suspect. Awesome!

  2. Cairn Rodrigues

    I have been so scattered for months now. There have been too many projects beyond my normal scope and I feel fractured. I think my focus for now is to get some focus back 🙂

    1. slowbloom Post author

      Sounds like you and Frances are in the same boat. Is it possible to break the larger projects into smaller chunks? Sometimes that helps me to feel less overwhelmed. Good luck!

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