This is part 22 of my series on Lojong– A Buddhist Mindfulness technique
Yogis are fond of saying that the pain you feel when coming into a pose was not created by the pose – the pose simply revealed it. The same concept is true for mindfulness practice. The flighty, distracted monkey mind was already there – your mindfulness practice has simply revealed it to you.
It is not an easy task to still the mind and the point of mindfulness practice is to lose the distractions, right? So how do we practice even when distracted? Over time when a distraction arises during a meditation, the distraction itself will bring us back to the place of mindfulness. It will become a trigger of sorts to remind us to come back. Acharya Judy Lief says “The instant we notice we have lost our attention, we have regained it.” So allow the distractions to reinforce, rather than destroy, your practice. Notice when you lose either your focus or your loving, compassionate mind and come back to it once again.