Do you have any preferred ways that you use to escape from work or problems in your life?
One simple device I use is to take frequent breaks to have cups of tea or coffee or snacks. I try to eat and drink in wholesome way so I don’t really abuse the above strategy. In any case, when I’m awake and aware I know I’m just temporarily delaying the inevitable return to work or resolving the problem.
A major diversion that I’ve employed to keep from facing up to an issue is simply to not think about it – maybe for months or years. I avoided contact with a relative in this way, but thoughts about him kept breaking into my quiet moments. Eventually close friends nudged me into taking action, and I did contact him, thank goodness!
Today I was posting to various social media, a daily activity that I’ve been learning to love, and I found myself constantly getting distracted by images, videos and others’ posts. I wasn’t even practising avoidance. I was just drifting down the river of global communication on my inflatable lounger on a lovely autumn day.
Is there an antidote? I’m sure it’s a mind over matter thing, that can only be improved by the mindfulness meditation I do.
Even better that I mediate with Daniel. At least when one person meanders, the other might still be on the bank watching the river.
Here’s a couple of articles you might like that are related to the topics of avoidance:
To Treat or Not to Treat
Avoidance (From Jen Pastiloff at Manifest-Station)