How often or in what situations do you find your mind wandering? This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – unless we are wanting to focus on something directly. At times a wandering mind can lead us down a spiral of fear, anxiety, judgement. We can become detached from our present surroundings and situations. This is where a wandering mind can be detrimental to our over-all well-being.
This is a very common difficulty people experience when trying to meditate - the “monkey mind.”
A study done within the Neuroscience sector found that when we catch ourselves within a distraction or lost within thought and we are able to successfully bring our awareness back to our point of focus, a new neural pathway is created in the brain. A new pattern within our electrical system is established allowing the brain to function at a higher capacity.
This is a very important study for those trying to meditate and for anyone really. Instead of scolding ourselves with disappointment or being harsh towards ourselves for being distracted; we can now see this as an opportunity for brain development which you just completed the first phase of.