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I came across an examination of conscience that asks if I have focused on prayer, or if I have said prayers with deliberate distractions instead.
I like to pray the Rosary on my fingers while I'm mowing (I maintain lawns and gardens for a living). It's "brainless" work and I can spend a lot of time thinking about other things while I'm doing it. Is it a deliberate distraction to do so, or are "distractions" more like internet or other things that are attractive and take a lot of my attention?
As long as you are not intentionally being distracted, you are fine. If you get distracted while mowing the lawn, that is an unintentional distraction. Deliberate distractions is when you choose let yourself be distracted or choose to only give God times that you know are distracting. For example: one may choose to pray with the TV on knowing that he will want to watch it even though he could turn it off or go into another room.
In the East, each person has a rule of prayer that he prays each day. I pray my rule of prayer in the quiet of my room. I can pray any additional (above and beyond) prayers even if I am slightly distracted because I am not subtracting quality from my minimal prayer time with God.
I hope that I am clear. Try not to be distracted with your minimum prayer time with God. Extra prayer, even when distracted, is a good thing. :)