Don Harris describes meditation and it’s challenges best, when he says, “As soon as you try this, your mind is going to go bonkers… You’re going to start thinking about what’s for lunch… “Do I need a haircut..? Where do the gerbils run wild..? Whatever… Blah… Blah… Blah… You’re just going to notice, “Oh… my mind’s going crazy right now.”
That noticing is the key moment… is in fact, the victory. It’s interesting ’cause this is when most people think they’ve failed… “Oh, I can’t meditate ’cause I can’t clear my mind.” It is the BIGGEST misconception about meditation. You do NOT need to clear your mind, that’s impossible… unless you’re enlightened, or dead.
The whole goal is just to notice when you’ve become distracted, and start again. You return your attention to your breath, and you just do that a million times. And every time you catch yourself wandering, and go back to your breath, it’s a bicep curl for your brain. It changes your brain.”