Our Minds like to Wander but we Don't have to Get Lost in their Thoughts

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Our minds like to wander, think, and ponder. They like to plan, plot, and ruminate; dissect, analyze, and figure out. They tend to get bored, and think that there are always more important things to do...than simply being present in the right here and right now.

It’s natural, but it doesn’t have to be inevitable. It’s not how we have to live our lives. We can, through effort, commitment, and focused attention, shift the way we experience our experiences. We can train ourselves to detach from the mind’s chatter, and instead, sink into, and envelop ourselves in, the vastness of the present moment, right here and right now.

Because we’ve spent most of our lives living according to our thoughts—and unwritten rules we don’t even realize we’ve adopted—we don’t know it’s possible to live differently...until we do.

Until someone tells us, or we somehow internally understand, that the thoughts we keep thinking aren’t really us; we’re the space behind those thoughts—the one who’s observing even that.

Being in the present moment is simple, but it’s not always easy—because we’ve spent so much time prioritizing life outside of it. But just because it’s not easy, it doesn’t mean it has to be a struggle.

We just have to commit, stay focused, and really, truly want it. The mind will adapt. Yes, it’ll throw a fit, but only because all of this present moment stuff is unfamiliar, and because it gains all of its power from keeping us disconnected from it.

But we can learn to work with this energy, and even begin to watch it too. So, we watch not only the present moment, but also our thoughts and opinions about how we’re experiencing it those experiences.

It’s a beautiful, wonderful, multilayered, continuously unfolding, never-ending experience.