A Move Away from Distraction

Have you ever had the experience of setting out from home to go to work or do the grocery shopping only to arrive and realise that a 20-minute walk or drive actually felt like 5 minutes and you aren’t even sure how you got there, your recollection of making that right turn at the lights is a blur?

I certainly have and in fact for most of my life I have been running from A to B in this very movement, a constant movement in the trap of my own thoughts, distractions and issues.

So why is this; what is occupying our mind for us to not even notice the journey, and why do we not even give it a moment’s thought?

Our days can be so full – some will have kids to get ready for school, we may have to dash to work or start the daily chores such as grocery shopping, meeting friends for lunch, caring for a loved one – in fact the list is endless when we see how much we cram into our day. But the notion of arriving somewhere and not noticing how we actually got there is an interesting question.

Our minds are constantly racing, from the moment we open our eyes to the end of the day when we lay down to sleep; even our dreams continue with the day’s activities a constant re-hashing of what we haven’t done or our fears for the future. All these are constantly played on a loop, 24/7.

Add to the mix our thoughts about ourselves: am I too overweight, why do I always feel so alone or miserable, why am I not valued… the mind has an endless catalogue of subjects in a library that is constantly being refreshed to distract us from truly seeing what is happening.

So, what is happening?

It’s the realisation that our daily life is only made possible by movement; even if we are sitting all day there is still a movement – even a thought is a movement.

So, if we are moving in a way that brings self-doubt or indecision for example, that then preoccupies our thoughts and acts as a constant barrage of distractions that stop us from even being aware of where or how we got to a destination, then there must be a way we are moving our bodies that causes this. And perhaps this activity is not in line with a true way of moving, otherwise why would our days be so frantic that we do not even notice we are in it?

How many of us actually notice the world around us on a level that is full of awe and at-one-ment with it. Have we lost the ability to enjoy the beauty of each day of each moment because we are turbo charging ourselves into the constant doing of life?

So why do we do this?

By even asking ourselves the “why” is in itself a realisation, a movement that becomes a questioning of the why, and from this simple questioning we can start to move our bodies in a different way – a way that allows a freedom, a freedom to be present in every moment in every step, gesture or word we utter.

By allowing ourselves the space to stop and question we can clearly see that when we retire to bed we do so in exhaustion, and yet we see that as a full day, a day full of purpose.

But is that really the truth?

What if we could start our day in the movement of being at one with our bodies an at-one-ment that shows us that each moment made in alignment with our bodies magnifies the next movement and in doing so allows a clarity that stops the chatter and drive of how we used to be.

If there’s a movement that drives us and distracts us, then are we not choosing that very movement? If there is such a way full of distraction and doubt then there must be an opposite way, a way that allows us to fully see the trap we have said yes to.

So maybe a stop moment is needed – a moment to consider how our days are run and what is running them – and from that stop you will allow a deeper realisation of what you have been held in. Each day that we bring more realisation of what is driving our very thoughts, our very movement, is a day we become a step closer to being free from it.

My realisation with this brings such a level of deep resonance in my body, to be free of the constant download of distraction to a life that is deeply nurturing of the self, which then leads to the deeper possibility of truly seeing your day in the fullness it deserves.

Our movements are key: to walk in the knowing, in the conscious presence of all that we are releases us from the trap of the eternal daily struggle we used to see as just life.

All this is quite simply available to us all by bringing the realisation and the questioning of what we are fed to keep us in the belief that our days are to be a struggle. No wonder we find ourselves exhausted and craving foods and entertainment to get us out of the constant misery the mind holds us in.

To move in a way that honours you, allows you the space to truly feel your all in every moment is not something only a few can do, it’s there for us all to claim back for ourselves and from that you take back your day, you take back what you align to and what will impulse and bring your day back into its natural rhythm.

You, your body and your life will never be the same again.

Filed under

Conscious presenceMindfulnessPresenceWalking

  • By Andrew Allen

  • Photography: Dean Whitling, Brisbane based photographer and film maker of 13 years.

    Dean shoots photos and videos for corporate portraits, architecture, products, events, marketing material, advertising & website content. Dean's philosophy - create photos and videos that have magic about them.