Distractions abound. You are listening to the inner guidance, and then something in your external world grabs your attention, hastily yanking you “back to reality” as you put it.  This happens. This is why it is so helpful to sit in the silence regularly and have a dialogue or monologue with your Higher Self. Dialogue or monologue? Yes, it is one and the same, for there is only One Voice, yet that voice allows you to run off and have your external experiences. Go ahead. That is why you are here, but when the external becomes a bit heavy-handed, return to that place of peace within, where the hand of Higher Consciousness is waiting to guide you back to that place of peace that has never left. You are so very loved.