“Most people are so distracted by their thoughts, so identified with the voices in their heads, they can no longer feel the aliveness within them”
~ Eckhart Tolle
For years and years, I refused to get a cell phone. In fact it’s only been two months since I broke down and bought a Blackberry.
In the past when I told people I didn’t have a phone, their reaction was the same as when I told them I had never seen the TV show, “Lost”. From the look on their face I assumed that either my hair had just caught fire or that I had a piece of cacao stuck in my teeth from my breakfast brownie.
I was reluctant to get a phone for the same reason I rarely watch TV – I hate the distraction. IMHO there is nothing more irritating than trying to have a conversation with somebody while they’re messing around on their phone. If I’m talking to you, I want to look you in the eye; I want to feel the Shakti. If it’s absolutely critical for you to be texting your cousin Louie in the middle of our coffee date, I’d rather be at home, cutting out pictures of Johnny Depp for my vision board.
In any case, now that I’ve joined the BB posse, I’m a little less critical of the whole cell phone thing. There’s been quite a few times in the last couple months when having a phone saved my ass-ana. But I still consider my cell phone to be a primary weapon of mass distraction.
Other weapons of mass distraction include TV, Facebook, Johnny Depp movies, and [note to self] Twitter. Overuse of these mediums distracts us from the most important thing we’ll ever have: the infinite present moment.
The present moment is an experience of inner stillness that only occurs when your attention is on “the Now”. In this state of non-distraction, you begin to feel the energy that exists within and all around you.
Present moment awareness is crucial to inner and outer peace. When you are completely present, your decisions will be made from the heart rather than the ego. Life then becomes less dramatic and tends to flow with ease.
Becoming fully present doesn’t mean you have to give up your cell phone (or Pirates of the Caribbean, yay!). As Eckhart Tolle explains, the secret to life is to “move in the world of object consciousness” while maintaining the “space” that emerges from present moment awareness. This creates a balance of form and non-form; matter and spirit; thought and no-thought.
So the next time you’re texting cousin Louie, see if you can retain a portion of your attention on the “space” within the present moment. If he’s not busy watching Edward Scissorhands, he’ll be glad you did.