Distractions are everywhere, and it’s easy to lose focus of what distractions really are. The Buddhist teacher Judy Lief tells us that distractions is the base of ego, that they are a way we protect ourselves from an enlightened mind and the pain of life. There are thousands of distractions, both outside and within us. We must recognize them for what they are. The outside distractions are just things: A phone is just a phone. The inner distractions are from our own mind, to pull us away from the enlightenment we seek. Therefore, we must ask what this distraction is trying to hide. Why am I afraid to see past it? Only by ridding ourselves of distractions will we obtain enlightenment.
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