A meditation on distraction

I planned on writing about the effects of structure on our nervous system or the benefits of fixing the gut on our brain, but I decided to take a different path this morning.
I have a daily meditation practice, not hours a day, 10-30 minutes a day, maybe a few minutes here and there. Today is Saturday, which, for many of us, is a day where I get to go a little slower and not have the rush of the day on my mind.
Before meditating I made breakfast for my daughter and fed the cat I’m watching for a while(her canine sister will be joining us on Friday), and set my little girl up with some of her favorite art supplies. I thought that might buy me enough time to do a little yoga and meditating,(parents reading this can laugh now).
I went to the area of my place where I do yoga and meditate and did my thing. Five minutes later I found myself in downward dog, a cat tail in my face and my daughter needing help finding her purple pen(mind you she has more purple pens than and five year old needs, just not the one she wanted). I found her purple pen which was under the paper she was drawing on, and sent the cat on her way and returned to my session. I closed my door and a few interruptions later made it through yoga and on to meditation.
My room has a nice soft glow in the morning, it’s quietish for San Francisco, it works for me. Again a few minutes in to meditation kid and cat entered my space with needs. I have to admit, its frustrating, why can’t I ┬ájust have some time to do some yoga and meditation in a perfect environment without distraction? The reason is simple, life has distractions and stress, lots of them, so what do we do about it?
This is not a new scenario for me, it’s one that repeats itself daily, distractions and stressors abound, and I’ve learned to appreciate them. Running a business, caring for patients, being a parent, getting 10-20 emails or texts per day from patients, friends, or family about what to do about their health, living in a San Francisco, it adds up. This post isn’t about stress, though it could be, its about distraction. While meditating this morning I was struck by how quickly I dropped back in to the mediation with each distraction. Letting the frustrated feelings and thoughts simply pass through me. I owe this not to some super power or enlightenment, this is due to sticking with this practice for a long time. It was doing something simple and small for a long time, turning it in to a healthy habit that yields results in every aspect of my life. ┬áThere is vast research on the benefits of mediation, and I highly recommend it, but my point is that sticking with a healthy practice, whether its exercise, diet, mediation, seeing a chiropractor, acupuncturist,, etc will yield results that you don’t see in the short term. When I started this practice I was as easily distracted as a five year old, maybe even a cat. Now it is part of my life and helps me to focus on my studies, my daughter, my practice, in conversations, while surfing or playing guitar, you get the idea.
Everything and anything can be a mediation, reality is just as much actual as it is perceived, meaning two people can experience the same event with different thoughts, feelings, and reactions to them. Learning to let the stress and distractions of life work for you instead of slowing you down and burdening you is a life lesson worth the effort and can be as simple as sticking with something healthy. If you’d like to learn how Clinical Nutrition and high quality chiropractic and cranial care can help with this, continue to read this blog, as I will continue to post on these subjects and more. My daughter needs her hot pink pen now, off to find it. Be well!!!


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