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.
- We are in meditation but the mind is still wandering.
- We realize in our conscious mind that, the mind is wandering and we take the third step.
- Refocusing the attention towards breathing.
- 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.