All I hear lately is that mindfulness meditation is the magic cure all for human problems like anxiety, depression, and being ‘too busy’ or stressed out all the time. And I believe it. But for whatever reason, it’s hard for me to make the time to meditate. It’s kind of like exercise. I know it’s good for me, but I can’t seem to find the time to do it.
One explanation I have found is that it is simply easier to be distracted and busy. Being ‘quiet’ is hard. It’s uncomfortable because it is so unusual. We spend so much time distracting ourselves with newspapers, TV, our phones, video games, drugs, sex, you name it. I have found that I am more likely to re-read the news on my phone or re-check emails than to pursue my needs and interests. Why is it so easy to do the convenient things than to do what we know we need to do? I struggle immensely with this. I WANT to be bored and quiet, but it’s a real struggle.
Do you think it’s important to be quiet or reduce distractions? How do you do it?
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