Fakeyogis, I am with ya. Just doing the practice, working through the stuff, letting go of the images, feelings, sounds, and other distractions as WalterJ points out, is the work to be done. I agree with you that the more we practice, the easier it gets. That is what I have found in general. I have also found it to be true that the more we practice the harder it gets as well. As I refine and clear my mind of the coarser objects of awareness, the more subtle and powerful the distractions become. Just as when eating certain foods before did not disrupt my yogic practice, as I became more familiar with energy, the more these foods became disruptive. Of course, with time, patience, effort, will, and all that jazz, we can overcome anything. But then, why make things harder on ourselves than we have to? In the same way, as I become more familiar with the mind and work with the finer qualities of Buddhi I realize just how much television and other such stimulus affects/effects my practice. Things I did not notice before because my mind was so filled with junk, now is as clear as day – it is a wonder that I was not aware of them before. It is strange how looking closely at the world can turn an ants shadow into something deeper and larger than the Grand Canyon’s shadow.
I love your suggestions Suhas Tambe. I do all but number two. I haven’t a projection television. I do agree with you though that projection televisions and movie theater images affect us less than those on a traditional television or computer screen. One other thing I do is allow myself only one hour of watching a day. I feel that is good enough. Even with all that, I am still amazed at how much it affects me.
I really appreciate everyone’s thoughts.