One of the first issues that you’ll need to deal with in your meditation practice is the tendency for your attention to jump from object to object, all by itself.
You sit down to meditate with the intention of keeping your attention focused on the breath, and what happens?
Your attention stays with the breath for a few moments, and then jumps to another sensation, such as the sound of the garbage truck rumbling down your street. Then before you know it, you’ve got images of garbage trucks in your head. And thoughts saying “why do they need to do pick up so early?” And “how nice it would be to live somewhere quieter”.
And then you’re suddenly a little girl or little boy again on a family vacation somewhere out in the country, where it’s nice and quiet. And then …
… oh yeah, you’re supposed to be paying attention to the breath!
This is a natural tendency of the mind.
And it seems to be a constant source of irritation and discouragement for many, many meditators.
But, regardless of how bad you might think you are at meditating, there always seems to come a point when suddenly, spontaneously, you remember what it was you were supposed to be doing.
I call these “Spontaneous Moments of Mindfulness” and there’s a way to cultivate them so they occur more frequently and help you stay on task during your meditation.