Walking the Mind
Strange header. I should have written ‘walking the dog’. But I haven’t got any dog for the moment being. So I stick to my meditation.
I often think of my mindfulness meditation as walking the dog, where I substitute the ‘dog’ with the ‘mind’. When I once used to walk the dog, the dog would drift away as soon as I was not aware. This is also the case when I meditate. If I am not aware, focused, my mind will drift away.
And when I recognize the dog not being by my side, I will call him back, or pull in the leash. That is exactly what my mindfulness training is about. When I recognize that my mind is drifting away, I bring it back. Sometimes the only awareness is enough, sometimes when I am stressed for some reason, I more forcefully pull it back.
And I try to be aware so my mind won’t drift away again, which it ultimately does. Then I have to repeat the procedure, focus back, which means bringing the mind back.
Tich Nath Hahn describes mindfulness as bringing the mind-body back home to the physical body, so they can unite and become one again. I doubt he thinks of walking the dog. But to me training the mind, in a childish way, make me think of training a dog, to the best for both the dog and the owner.