In this video I provide a simple explanation of what I believe to be the most important concept in mindfulness and meditation: the distinction between distraction and awareness.
After trying to study meditation for a couple of decades, I finally got into it through Sam Harris’ app, Waking Up. And one of the first things I realized when starting is that you’re either distracted or you’re not.
And most of us are. Most of the time.
It’s remarkably simple, then, to become a practitioner. You simply have to work to spend less time distracted.
I’ve have a place to capture my journey with all this, and perhaps it’s arrogant to practice for a few months and think I’ve found the most important thing.
Maybe after 10 or 20 years I will think some other concept is more fundamental to awareness and meditation than this distinction.
But I doubt it.