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Becoming Indistractable Like a Shaolin Monk

Written By Michael Ferrara

Created on 2022-12-25 16:58

Published on 2023-02-04 13:28

The Shaolin Monks are renowned for their unwavering focus and discipline, honed through their membership at the Shaolin Monastery in China's Henan province. The monastery is famous for its connection to Chinese martial arts, particularly Shaolin kung fu, and its monks are revered for their strict training in both physical and mental disciplines as well as their Zen Buddhist practice. In addition to martial arts, the monks engage in traditional monastic activities such as meditation, chanting, and scripture study. Their commitment to both spiritual and physical discipline earns them widespread admiration and solidifies their reputation as martial arts masters.

Being Subject to Distractions

Like all humans, Shaolin monks are subject to distractions and can be affected by external factors that may disrupt their focus and attention. However, their training in meditation and other mindfulness practices has helped them to develop mental discipline and the ability to maintain focus and clarity of mind even in challenging circumstances.

It is important to note that no one is entirely immune to distractions and it is a normal part of the human experience to be influenced by external factors from time to time. The goal of training in mindfulness practices is not to become completely immune to distractions, but rather to develop the ability to recognize when the mind has become distracted and to bring it back to a state of focus and clarity. This can take time and practice, and it is a skill that can be improved upon with dedicated effort.

6 Ways to Become Indistractable

Becoming indistractable requires developing a strong sense of self-awareness and the ability to manage your own attention and behavior. Here are some steps you can take to become indistractable:


Living in a world full of distractions, it is easy to become sidetracked. However, the key is to become mindful, acknowledge the distractions, and refocus. Embrace compassion, spread love, cultivate your abilities and strive for inner peace and happiness for yourself and others. Your faith will propel you toward mastery. Determine your priorities and goals to establish a strong, unbreakable foundation.

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, by Nir Eyal, is available in Paperback form.

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