A distraction is used and causes one to reach for something when ones mind becomes agitated. And this distraction blocks ones ability to live a life aligned with the love that’s in their heart.
Distractions are what the ego uses in the form of ones conditioning for its fuel. It needs energy to survive. It uses the past and future energies because in the present moment there’s only the energy of love. What each and every distraction does is remove the ability to remain in the present moment so there can be an alignment with ones true essence to love. The objects used are what needs to be identified so one doesn’t give in to their magnetic pull. And I say it in this way because without the awareness that these distractions exist, their pull is to enticing not to give in to it. Even with awareness it is still very difficult not to give in. The mind will need to be very quiet to become aware of and not give in to these subtle distractions. The nature of the distractions are all the same, but they themselves differ from each other. It is their nature to take one from the present moment, so when one isn’t present that’s how it will be known one is being distracted.
A distraction is not the same as an agitation, they are similar in nature because they are both of the ego, but an agitation is what causes the need for a distraction to arise. If the mind was quiet and was without agitation there wouldn’t be a needed distraction, but this will only occur when the ego isn’t in control. To be without distractions one must learn to be with the agitation so it quiets because without a created agitation our distractions wouldn’t be. When they are non existent, the only thing that remains is quietness or if it is preferred, peace. So the understanding of this is where one will experience a place of peace, but don’t expect the ego to cooperate because to be without distractions is to be free of the egos control. And It has been my experience that the ego doesn’t go away, but it does quiet down as long as it’s not given the energy it needs to be in control, by giving in to ones agitated created distractions.