Are you distracted?
Practicing Ashtanga at home, during my fourth round of boat pose, I looked out the window and thought that this would be a good time to peek at my phone and check the temperature. The sky was blue, the birds were chirping, and my legs were starting to shake. It felt like a good time for a tiny distraction.
No one is immune to distractions, especially when things become challenging.
Our minds are always looking for something to latch onto. When we are practicing yoga in a room full of people, we may look at other people or wipe the sweat running down our faces. Maybe our hair needs adjusting, or we think about dinner. When we are practicing at home, the possibilities are endless. Maybe I should send that text now. Is it time to change the laundry?
The first step toward becoming more focused and improving concentration is to notice the distraction and let it go. Turn back to what we are doing. Little by little, the pull becomes less and less and we are able to stay focused longer.
The less distracted we become, the more we can pay attention to what we are actually doing. We learn to stay with the hard things and not run away. We notice and enjoy the little things. We become more effective in what we do.
And ultimately, the less distracted we are, the more peaceful and satisfying our lives will be.