I wanted to talk about inattentiveness because I’m something of an expert. As a child, my parents had to occasionally run to the store to buy more milk because, after making my cereal in the morning, I would put the milk in the cupboard and the cereal in the fridge.
Most of the time, my inattentiveness has caused little more than spoiled milk. But it can have consequences. The same state of mind can cause both a misplaced glove and a lost camera. This can, in turn, lead to the arising of other defilements, like self-hatred, deception, or rage.
I see the stickier side of inattentiveness as restlessness, when our attention is drawn away from awareness because we think something else is more interesting.
Let’s talk about how we can practice with inattentiveness on Thursday.