What to do About the Ever-Wandering Mind?

Via on Oct 9, 2013

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A Wisdom Heart student asks, “What can I do about the ever-wandering mind?”

Celebrate that you’ve noticed the wandering.

This is what happens as you begin to practice. You notice the jumpy, ever-wandering, and restless nature of the mind. This can be a bit of a shock.

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Before you began spiritual practice, this jumpiness and restlessness was there. But, it was operating below the threshold of conscious awareness. Un-noticed but fully active. Now, through practice, it becomes startlingly obvious.

When you sit down to practice, the mind kicks into ever-wandering mode. It can be disappointing. Frustrating. Notice this reaction to the wandering. Why?

Because this reaction is part of the wandering. If you allow the reaction, the disappointment, the frustration to take over, you’ll try to “fix” or “control” the mind. You’ll try to make it stop wandering. This doesn’t work.

Be mindful of the impulse to “fix” or “control” the mind.

This impulse to “fix” and “control” isn’t meditation. It’s manipulation at best. Suppression at worst. You can’t manipulate or suppress the mind into stillness, peace, balance.

Rather than try to “fix” the mind, return to the object of meditation.

Return to the object of meditation with gentleness and loving awareness. Through this gentle returning practice, the ever-wandering patterns of the mind naturally come to rest.

The mind comes to rest, not according to your expectations or time table. The mind comes to rest naturally, as you cultivate mindfulness and gently, gently, gently return to the object of meditation.

As the mind naturally comes to rest, something wondrous is revealed, something deeper than the ever-wandering tendencies. It’s the ever-still, ever-present, ever-awake awareness itself . . . ahhhhh.

 

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Ed: Cat Beekmans

About Eric Klein

Eric Klein is one of the few people on the planet who is both a lineage holder in a 5,000-year-old yoga lineage and a best-selling business book author. You can get his free ebook & guided meditation audio "The 7 Reasons Meditation Doesn't Work (and how to fix them)" at http://wisdomheart.com. Eric has worked with over 35,000 people to infuse greater meaning, awareness, and purpose into their work and lives. His book "You are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For" won a 2008 Nautilus Book Award for being “a world-changing book promoting positive social change and responsible leadership.” With his wife and partner Devi, Eric is also the creator of the Healing Family Karma programs and The Meditation Habit. Eric and Devi have two adult sons, a ball-obsessed pup, and live in Encinitas, California. To learn more about their work (and access free teaching videos on meditation and mantra), go to http://wisdomheart.com.

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