February 8th, 2021

A wandering mind

Did I read correctly? 

Our attention span is less than a goldfish.

Even if apocryphal, speaking personally, I'm so easily distracted.

(You too?)

It's okay if I'm doing something I enjoy or very mundane (e.g. sweeping the floor) but the rest of the time, I'm all over the place.

I'm trying to get better. 

My 'practice' is now focused on stopping what I'm doing and taking a number of slow inward breaths. The slower the better. It's amazing how quickly I'm brought back to the present moment. (On my computer, that sinkhole of time, I've added a Chrome extension that sounds a bell every 15 minutes. I always stop what I'm doing, close my eyes, listen to the bell (I've set it to be struck four times) and at the same time breathe in and hold my breath, before gently exhaling.)

I know, it all sounds desperately contrived. 

So what?

What's wrong with a bit of practice? 

You might ask, why bother? What's wrong with a bit of distraction? Because I feel so much better in myself when I'm not running around looking for something entertaining or interesting to fill up my time. I think that's another reason why over the last six months I've returned to reading, if only because providing the book holds my interest, it's one of the best ways to settle my busy mind and not allow myself to think about what I've got to do, or what I might have done different? 

(As a lawyer, I'm always questioning my judgment.)

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My tweets

  • Sun, 14:29: A morning spent in the garden. Good to get some mud on my hands and feel the cold.
  • Sun, 18:03: Music is in my bones. London Grammar tonight as I cook tonight's #vegan tea.
  • Mon, 06:00: "Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity." — Pema Chödrön
  • Mon, 07:00: A wandering mind https://t.co/aa0aEtDeK6 / today's blog post https://t.co/KoaL27PNTe
  • Mon, 08:21: It's mighty cold this morning. That wind is biting.
  • Mon, 10:06: I think I read somewhere this morning that attention is a zero sum game: if you're doing one thing (e.g. spending time on Twitter🙃) then you can't be doing something else.
  • Mon, 11:51: I can't wait for all the @joinClubhouse clones. I wonder if LinkedIn will do something similar?