Mind Wandering

We think mind wandering is our natural state since there’s a constant flow of thoughts happening inside our mind all the time. Sometimes have happy thoughts, other times we worry and so on.
After I started reading the book, “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence” by Daniel Goleman, I have come to know that it’s normal and everyone experiences it.
Daniel has very easily described the 4 states of mind we go through during meditation which is worth sharing here.

  1. We are in meditation but the mind is still wandering.
  2. We realize in our conscious mind that, the mind is wandering and we take the third step.
  3. Refocusing the attention towards breathing.
  4. The Mind goes back to wandering state.

and the cycle goes on and on.

What I found most helpful was that when I use to meditate and my mind started to wander I got frustrated. Now that I am acknowledging mind wandering, I am able to refocus my attention to breath without frustration.


Faisal

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