60,000 Internal Distractions
Each day our minds float on an endless stream of thoughts. Thoughts that bump into each other, thoughts that often make little or no sense and thoughts that continuously add up to a mind-boggling number sometimes exceeding 60,000 each day.
It’s hard to imagine moments without the steady stream of internal dialogue yapping away in our minds. Seemingly most of what we think about is not relevant to what we are doing at that moment, or not relevant to the conversation we are having with our group at work or our friends and family at home.
If we are aware of the conversations we have with ourselves we’ll often find they are merely a construction of unconnected internal distractions, our mind gets bored easily it seems.
I mean who cares what we are going to eat for dinner tonight when it’s only 10:00 AM, really? What does it matter if someone needs there haircut in the middle of a discussion about yearly sales figures.
Where is our focus within the present moment? Why am I thinking all the time about useless stuff? Does thinking about a new car or getting a cat really help me to understand what my colleague is talking about?
Maybe the questions might be re-framed into something like, what if our team learned Generative Dialogue or some other group tactics that would help us stay more focused and productive? Or maybe, can an active listening infuse our company with value?
Focus can be learned, listening skills can be honed and internal distractions can be tempered and often dissolved through a regular mindfulness practice.
Internal distractions along with external distractions can both seem like we are stuck with the chaos accompanying their roaring noise, but with some practice it’s possible to blunt the force they seem to exert in out lives. It’s possible to step back and not become hooked by this constant stream bumping into our lives.