The paradox of meditation

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If you find your mind wandering, see where it takes you

Being transfixed in the moment is a great start to see what your soul is trying to tell you. When we focus on being in the now, such as through Zen meditation or getting out into nature, we don’t want our mind to wander. We want to bring our focus back to the situation at hand, to the tatami mat, or the ground beneath our feet.

Practice this enough and it becomes second nature to turn our minds off.

Or at least, in theory.

If you allow yourself enough time in meditation, no matter what form that may be, soon you will find that when your mind wanders, it can give insights that were just under the surface. Our mind wandering can show us things we find we truly wanted to do, but just hadn’t realised were there until then.

However, generally this is only achieved through practice of being in the moment, which is when we try to turn our minds off.

Paradoxical, sure, but it works.

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