Happy Mindful Monday!
Go ahead and let your mind wander. Your mind and your brain are natural wanderers. Having a busy brain sometimes is a good thing. Research on mindfulness are thought to be promoted in part by the act of noticing your mind has wandered, and then gently bringing your attention back to the moment. This is not unlike the act of meditation where you become a witness to the mind. You notice your thoughts, the busy mind, and then to bring it back to the present moment.
There is no way you are going to tame the mind completely, and you shouldn't anyway. Part of being in the moment is to realize your mind has wandered off. The key is to coax it back non-judgmentally. Our brains respond better to short spans of mindfulness. Therefore, being mindful several times a day is far more productive then a lengthy session.
Today, give mindfulness a chance even if it is just for a short burst of time. You'll notice the difference in how your day unfolds. Perhaps set the intention to be mindful while your gas tank is filling up or waiting on line at the post office or bank. Waiting is actually an opportunity for mindfulness. While waiting, keep it simple and just focus on the breath. Witness the inhalation and the exhalation. Before you know it, you'll no longer be waiting on line!
Mary Jane Feng SHui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com