The human mind tends to wander. It is very swift and jumps from one place to another, as if it were a monkey. While people are doing a specific activity, their minds are often elsewhere, thinking about unrelated, floating things: business, love, arguments, personal problems, and so on. The aim of meditation is to reach ‘mindfulness,’ ‘to be now and here,’ that is, to prevent the mind from wandering somewhere.
We can get good results by watching our breath. If you watch the air that comes in and out through your nostrils, it is impossible for your mind to wander somewhere because it is engaged only in being mindful of the inhalation and exhalation…
This is an excerpt from Travels of the Mind.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily (English edition)
– A Hidden Sicilian History (English edition)
– The Vibrations of Words (English edition)
– Travels of the Mind (English edition)
– Una Storia Siciliana Nascosta (edizione italiana)