During normal times, many of us can find lots of ways to distract ourselves. Having to isolate and socially distance with the COVID-19 pandemic has created much more alone time, and that has forced us to spend more time with ourselves. This is where distractions come in!
Distractions, in and of themselves, are neither good nor bad; rather, it is the reason why we are engaging in them that matters. If a distraction is a way to get relief, give one’s self a break or rejuvenate, it can be healthy or a needed diversion. However, if we never give ourselves time to be alone to reflect, listen for what we need or want, or if we avoid looking at aspects of ourselves that need attention, then a distraction becomes a means of escape and can perpetuate the very thing we are avoiding. Taking time to get to know ourselves is one of the best ways to be more productive, have better, more rewarding relationships, and have a greater sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in our lives. Lurking in all of us are parts of ourselves that need attention, healing, and connection.
Just for today, notice how you distract yourself, and when you do, take a moment to pause and check in with yourself.* Perhaps you’ll discover a part of yourself saying, “notice me,” and when you hear that, give yourself some attention. The inner you that wants to be noticed will thank you!
*Want some guidance on doing this check-in? Listen to a 3-Centered Practice and experience yourself in a new way!
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