I come upon a new way to revitalize your prayer life. One that I have not found in reading the lives of the saints or even from the preeminent Doctors of the Church when it comes to the prayer life — St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. Mostly my prayer life instead of wondering at the supreme mysteries of God and faith instead wandered into the vapid concerns of everyday life. Sure I have heard that just trying to pray is prayer and not to worry about distractions. But considering the number of distractions while praying I decided to try another tact.
Now what I try to do each day is to set aside some time to be distracted. To do this each and every day even if I am not in the mode to be distracted. I now prepare myself each day by first turning on the TV to set up my time of disquiet. I then read some upsetting news and I am just about all set. I then start busying myself with mundane worries. Subsequently I am all prepared for my time of deep distraction with thoughts flying to and fro colliding with each other and concentrating on first one distraction one minute and then another. While working and trying to be deeply distracted I would then be interrupted by prayer. When I would notice my mind had wandered into prayer I would then concentrate and try to go back to being distracted, but it was no use prayer just kept getting in the way and I was just unable to stay distracted. Instead of miseries, mysteries popped into my head. Instead of the benign, the divine.
I call this the way of distraction. I had figured if I had been interrupted by distractions while praying that I would be interrupted by prayer while trying to be distracted. Now you might not be the master of the distracted life as I am, but just keep at it. After all the whole world is working to help you to achieve the distracted life. From what I have read I know there are a lot of you out there who are already deep into the distracted life. I have been thinking of setting up "distracted groups" that could get together to help each other out in the distracted life. Or maybe I will write about called The Interior Cubicle all about the levels of distraction. There are seven basic levels of distraction and maybe I can help people out by detailing the signs and effects of each level of the distracted life so that they can see which cubicle they are currently in. Though I would warn people not to think they are superior because they are in a higher cubicle of the distracted life than others.
Now on a more serious note I would point you to this post on the subject of distractions by one of my favorite bloggers Steven Riddle.