The Associative Mind
I saw a good explanation of meditation on TV. The guy was saying focus on one thing, then OBSERVE the flow of your thoughts. Bring back your thoughts attention to that one thing, and keep herding the ‘wandering cats’ of your thoughts back to that original point of focus.
It was then that I realized that it’s not that our mind wanders, it is only reacting to the spectrum of distractions we chronically feed it. Control the spectrum of our conscious attention, and we control those wandering-cat thoughts. To use another analogy, our conscious attention is the prose. Our mind’s thoughts are the improvisational poetry of ‘the prose’ of our attentions.
Our minds’ wanderings are its function and operational mission-to associate and to categorize. Much like the branching off of a tree trunk or limb, that is how our mind functions. It goes from one associative meaning to another as it follows ‘the logic’ of the data we have littered across its field of cognition.
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