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Lions Roar : May 2014
on the spot. So we are engaged in a continuous distraction project, keeping the distractions and entertainments flowing without interruption. There is an air of desperation about both of these self-created rivers of distractedness. Our hope is that if we keep all this distractedness going, we will not have to look at who we are, we will not have to feel what we feel, we will not have to see what we see. But the spiritual path is one of removing these smoke screens and facing facts. It is an unmasking process. It is pretty scary to realize how reliant we are on this whole scheme, and even scarier when we realize that this continual distraction proj- ect may collapse at any time. Distraction is fueled by our constant struggle to secure our- selves in relationship to others and to the environment. That project in turn is fueled by our fear of letting go and our lack of trust in ourselves. It is as if we are on guard all the time, afraid to miss an opportunity to strike and continually wary of potential threats or attacks. Based on these emotions, our mind is pulled this way and that. To relate to this level of dis- tractedness, we need not only to pull back the wandering mind but also to lessen its fuel supply: the push and pull of emotions. wisdom Mind Working with distractions is a long-term project. We may begin with a romantic idea of embarking on the spiritual journey. But as we stick with the practice, that romanticism fades away and we are left with a gradual wearing-down process. We find we have less and less wiggle room. It is a shock to realize that we cannot just take our good old self and improve it, but that we have to start over completely. It’s like a major liquidation sale. All our distractions and entertainments—everything’s gotta go. As our edifice of distractedness begins to crumble, we are faced with disappointment and pain. Our dreams and illu- sions begin to evaporate. Everywhere we turn, we get thrown back on ourselves. There is no escape. No matter what is happening, we have become used to being able to fabricate alternate scenarios, so we could never be pinned down. We did not have to fully commit to anything; there was always a way out. But now we are stuck. We are confronted with our own pain and disappointment. With no one to keep us company—we can’t even keep ourselves company—we are confronted with our utter aloneness. There is nothing to do and nothing to hang on to. We are alone, lonely, it is bleak. Everything we relied on turns out to be a sham, a mental construct. We hit a wall. But when we reach the point where we can no longer cover up what we have been doing or force our experience to bend to our will, something happens. We begin to relax. Although at first the notion of utterly abandoning our smoke screen of Technology by Nam June Paik What lies behind these endless distractions is the boundless space of awakened mind. PHOTOBySMITHSONIANAMERICANARTMUSEUM,WASHINgTON,D.C./ARTRESOURCE,N.y. SHAMBHALA SUN MAy 2014 47