It’s quite clear that nowadays we can’t go about our business without being distracted. Sometimes getting distracted can take addictive proportions. Knowing that our time is our most valuable resource, it’s clear that distractions need to be minimized. Luckily there are ways to handle our distractive environments!
You won’t miss it when it’s gone!
For about half a year my girlfriend and I traveled through France. For several months we lived the simple life: living in a tent, cooking outside and enjoying all that France had to offer. We had nothing to do really, just strolling around in colorful villages and beautiful nature.
After a few months we decided to stay in Plum Village for a week, a Buddhist monastery founded by legendary zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. In Plum Village we were shown that we knew nothing about really simple living: every activity was done slowly, in mindfulness and often in silence.
The really interesting part came the day we left Plum Village. Not having booked anything, we decided to stop at the first place with WiFi. You wouldn’t believe it, but it had to be a McDonalds restaurant which came up first along the way!
Now imagine going from the most peaceful place on earth, to a McDonalds: from a serene forest with chirping birds, to flashing televisions, intense lights, the scent of deeply fried food and booming music.
We couldn’t have gotten a better comparison between a natural environment and an artificial environment. The latter instantly overstimulates all of your body’s senses, which also probably is a trademark of McDonalds restaurants.