Don’t Forget to Breathe
August 13, 2019

Distraction is a disease.

It’s easy to blame technology, phones and computers – but I’m not talking about that kind of distraction.

I’m not even talking about the distraction of being busy or having a full diary.

The kind of distraction I’m talking about is the insidious, constant noise in your head. The never-ending whirring and churning of thoughts.

There are hundreds and thousands of these thoughts. Things like ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I need to be richer/successful/happy/married/divorced ..’ 

We’ve become so used to these thoughts that we believe what they say. They whisper a story of doubt, fear and insecurity and we forget it’s a just a thought.

Sometimes the thoughts are a clear voice, demanding attention.

Other-times these thoughts are like the background chatter in a room full of people.

The answers don’t lie in trying to fix the clamouring chatter of insecurity.

If you wait until… “I have a new job, I have more money, I get to the weekend, I go on holiday..’ then you’ll find yourself effectively holding your breath through 95% of your life, awaiting the moment you can breathe deeply once again.

You don’t need to hold your breath – or wait until an outcome arises before re-connecting with your true nature.You can breathe all the time.

The answer lies in noticing something simple, ever present and consistent – the space of contentment and settledness. Your inner compass is always pointing you back to this space.

When you notice your noisy distracted mind you have started the journey back home, you have effectively taken notice of your inner compass.

It’s great when you start to realise that regardless of the tornado that is hurtling through your mind, there is always a settled space within that is unchanging. And when you start to focus your attention on this space you’ll see that regardless of the mental weather you are OK.

There is immense freedom and relief in realising you are OK at the core of your being.

So next time you find yourself about to be distracted by a crescendo of worried thoughts and beliefs, be grateful.

What is there to be grateful for?

Be grateful that in the noticing you’ve started to listen to your inner compass, you are being alerted to breathe, to slow down and to seek for that ever-comforting inner presence.

As soon as you notice the distraction you are pointing yourself in the right direction, you are returning back home

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