Distraction - The Ego's Favorite Defense Mechanism

By Leo Gura - September 11, 2017 | 19 Comments

The sneaky way your mind uses red herrings to distract you from growing

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Robert says:

Leo, I cannot thank you enough for what you said at 48 minutes into this video.

Steve says:

Awesome, really good content Leo

KG says:

Yes, the ego likes to throw stones in the bushes when I’m really onto something. It really gets noisy. My ego is like a gift in strange wrapping paper. Thanks Leo!

Yann says:

I’m not a busy person, I’m mostly contemplative. But admit that if we were all enlightened, this world, this context, this apparatus of ours would be absolutely useless, because as you said in another video, ultimate enlightenment is death. Reclusives are almost dead. Perhaps in the wonderful way you experienced, but they are almost dead. Often they no longer want to eat. Who needs half enlightenment, huh?
Video after video, I sense you’re in that old Plato duality that is illusion VS truth. I’m not saying that absolute truth does not exist, but you must think context! I know you like that word. Personaly I prefer apparatus (or set up, system, etc), but the idea is roughly the same. So there are contexts. So you will tell me Yann (I’m pastiching you a bit here) I know there are context, but you must break out of the context and find you true self!
An escape game, then. Really? Are we all in a bloody fun fair or what?

I think that infinity, among infinite other things, placed itself in our passager seat to see how a human being live. Whereas enlightenment is like giving back the wheel to infinity. But it didn’t ask for!
So yes, you are right, enlightened people are meant to live in caves, because they are meant to leave the world and die. Otherwise, what do they do, apart from teaching enlightenment? Nothing at all. Doing charity? Serves their ego! (read again La Rochefoucauld’s Maxims : he flushes out ego everywhere). Doing great art? Not everyone is an artist (see proud daubs on London Hype Park railings on sundays to convince yourself) and true artists have monster egos, so.
Nothing left to do, in fact, but to leave the world, or wander like a saint, full of grace, with a perpetual Joconde’s smile of one’s face.
So the big question is: Do you really think our context is an escape game? Or do you think the world is set up for a reason (for lack of a better word) and must continue to be a world? Because, again, I believe a world full of enlightenened people can no longer be called a world. That would be already beyond it, wouldn’t it? Nothing to do, nowhere to go, as they say. Fine, but let’s end this world, then.

I like your videos, Leo. They inspire me. And I think you’re right: enlightenment, death, are out of this world, in both meaning of the term.
But sometimes you make me think of people trapped in sects (I know you’re not one of those, you’re too smart and sensible for that): those people whose families are losing little by little, telling them: at least remember the good times, the love we shared. But they no longer listen. Are we loosing you, Leo? They too put family and colleagues down in their priority list.
It’s not time for the big surrender yet, not time for death yet. Thinking about death 10 times a day is not incompatible with having projects and girlfriend. Improving our selves means keeping our selves. And, among other things, keeping falling in love with somebody ELSE.

Yann says:

PS:I’ve just watched your amazing rock bottom video where you confirm that enlightenment is compatible with an active, creative life. So it’s all good.
(Gary Weber is a good exemple of an enlightened guy with an active life).
Jesus, that rock bottom video, that’s something!

Elena says:

After I watched this video im not myself. Im so confused idk what to do. This video got me fucked up. Everything lost meaning, importance after I watched this video.Its hard to explain idk how to say it but it seems like nothing is matters to me after I watched this. Its like im stuck and i havent been myself after this video, lost purpose in perfecting myself and pursuing my goals. What should i do?

Dear Fellow Being,
I understand your confusion: but it is a matter of degree to which we do or the degree to which one attaches to any human function: it is not to not do anything but rather to use moderation and keep in charge of these activities rather than the activity being in charge of you: it is simple: no need to be confused- hope this helps! it is ok to drink, but 1000 drinks may not be ok! as an example.
best wishes, and you are ok and i am too and we all are!

So the only solution to this dilemma would be to do nothing! (a.k.a. meditation). I would also add a mindfulness practice to it. I’m only 18 minutes into the video, so I apologize if this was mentioned. Just felt like I needed to post my thought sooner.

correct grammar is knowledge not spam!

what is grammatically incorrect with: “the one I’m pointing to”?

some people have eyes but cannot see; some people have ears but cannot hear; some people have hearts but cannot love: yet do some have lungs with which to breathe a living death.

prayer/meditation is perpetual, not conditional-imo;

when asked by a monk:”where is your tent”? I would point to the sky.

“you need to see it” May I suggest using another word? You– wish, desire, want –to see it? the use of– need— is – imo= mental enslavement of obligation.

how much more enlighted may one be by choice of words?
I agree with you 99.9999%: keep it up, Leo!!!

sara says:

You should’ve said a warning before this one it was one of the most disturbing things I heard

Ryan says:

The moment Leo called CNN centrist was the moment I knew he wasn’t enlightened and never was. He is actually quite ignorant of the fact of the massive left wing delusion/illusion that he himself has bought into. You can see it in his hesitance to call out or criticize just how unconscious the left is. I don’t think he actually understands it and his knowledge of politics is clearly poor, but at the same time, the truth is so obvious.. That Leos ego itself must be actively avoiding that truth.

Dylan says:

I get mad a loud sounds.
Is there a video u have u help me control and understand, the anger

Ilan says:

Really good video, I’m really going to fix my distraction issue, I’m going to play video games for hours, eat pizzas and the other one extremly important, have sex with a lot of girls. And I almost forget.. I’ll also Watch a lot of movies ! I need to study distraction really hard and I’m going to do it ! I’m really motivated and excited starting that process of studying distraction at court ! Stop being lazy, let’s go to work !(I’ll actually start with pizzas)

Max Raoy Gron says:

The hurricane’s coming. I better do meditation and thinking, I’m being distracted. Islam is for crazy people with a bullshit culture. But why the anti-fun? Lighten up, life’s supposed to be all the fun you can get. I find anti-fun boring, I’m not getting any enjoyment from this. Epicureanism’s no fun, honk honk, brrrrrt, tinkle tinkle, people take this shit way too seriously.

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