All about Fatal Distractions
ST: At the break of dawn when I asked you about today's message you mentioned distractions, and how those distractions prevent our souls from evolving. I struggle with distractions, especially when I sit down to meditate, start a yoga practice, or even when I'm writing in my journal. So how can I move past these distractions, how can we move past these distractions and stay on course?
Saint Jude: This is a good question and I am pleased that you responded to my message this morning. Distractions come in many forms, but all distractions derive from our egos. This includes outer distractions. You sit down to meditate and the phone rings so you get up and answer the phone. Bad idea. You sit down to meditate or chant and you hear the TV news headlines coming from the other room, something catches your attention so you go to investigate. Bad idea. Bad practice. Don't let distractions get the best of you and know distractions when you encounter them.
You ask well why is it a bad idea to answer the phone or check out the television news headline? Some people don't even bother to pray or meditate or journal in the morning, if at all. If you start your day meditating or doing something else of a spiritual nature, then you have lifted your vibration and built a defense around you that will keep out negative vibrations. You will be less influenced by the bad news you receive on the other end of the phone or even the voice you hear who has the wrong number. As far as the news headlines, what insane person decided that doom and gloom is the best way to start the day? You might as well go load up on fats and sugars at that point too because you just lowered your immune responses and caused inflammation in your body. In fact, if you suffer from any autoimmune disease, stay clear of the news because it's too big a hit to your adrenaline glands and this news will worsen your disease. I guarantee it.
Of course you might watch the news and see a new drug on the market (with a myriad of side effects) that you can pop to heal your disease. I think not. Talk about distractions! So back to the mediation practice. You must stay focused. Your body will tell you to get up and deal with something in the kitchen or the bathroom, but remain seated and remain focused. You might remember that you need to phone the electric company about a question about your bill, stay seated and focused. Let all these thoughts go. Don't worry about forgetting something important for our to-do list. Your meditation practice is the most important part of your life if you plan on evolving your soul to the next level.
Remember no guru is going to enlighten your soul. They can give you tools and meditation and breathing practices, but YOU have to do the work. This means getting up early every morning and meditating. Doubts and worries will pop into your mind, let them go. Your legs will feel restless, let that go to, and know that your ego does not want your soul to evolve. It fears that if your soul evolves then you won't need your ego any longer, which in a way is true. However, even the most evolved souls/people on the planet deal with distractions presented by the ego. They just learned how to squelch the problem before it takes over their practice. You can also learn to do this through practice. You won't achieve this overnight because it takes work. But a pure mind is worth striving for.
You're not alone. Everyone has distractions. The type of distractions you have doesn't make you special or more clever than the next seeker. Sure you can make jokes about the distractions or write about them like Elizabeth Gilbert did with her book, "Eat, Pray, Love" and people will relate to you. Just don't get caught up in talking non-stop about your distractions because that is a distractions in itself and don't get caught up on other people's distractions because that is a road to nowhere.
I do not have a simple solution for you that I can present in seven steps nor do I charge you money for my advice and guidance. You must put in the effort. There are no magic pills or books you can read that will solve all your problems and enlighten you by the end of the week. I say this because I know you have a schedule to keep and a mission of reaching enlightenment by a certain date, for some of you that is December 31, 2012. Good luck. You must do the work. Remember that we always love you.
Saint Jude (who never minces words)