This morning I noticed this post by Jeff Walker on Twitter and felt that it required some clarification to avoid confusion and perpetual suffering.
The world conspires to distract no one. The world exists to support us.
If you are distracted and find yourself blaming it on what’s going on out there in the world, you’re simply confused as to where the distraction is coming from.
The distraction is happening in your mind and is then being projected outwards into the world.
Remove the distraction from your inner environment and magically the distraction you previously perceived to be in the world disappears.
Focus is developed internally. Focus could be described as an experience free of distraction.
It makes no sense then that distraction is outside of us and focus is inside of us. They are two side of the same coin. Both are internally created and then outwardly manifested.
If you are distracted, that is happening inside of you. Your inner environment is such that you are unconsciously inviting distractions into your mental and physical space.
Perhaps a coworker, spouse, or partner is trying to talk to you while you’re trying to focus on an important project.
Don’t blame them. It’s your fault.
You’ve failed to communicate with them from your inner space of focus, letting them know that you’re not to be disturbed while you’re working.
That’s a manifestation of your inner environment.
Let’s take another example.
You’re working at a coffee house, the espresso machine is hissing, maybe a blender is whirring making a coffee crapa slush. People are talking.
You’re phone is face up, on the table next to you, notifications turned on so you can monitor how hot you are right now.
Who’s fault is it? Where are the distractions really coming from? Who made the choice to be in that space with all that going on?
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