wandering mind

A Wandering Mind

An archived article in Science Magazine reports a study done several years ago regarding the effects of a wandering mind. The article states:

Many philosophical and religious traditions teach that happiness is to be found by living in the moment, and practitioners are trained to resist mind wandering and “to be here now.” These traditions suggest that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Are they right?

The conclusion? Yes, the traditions are right.

The study revealed three facts:

1.) People’s minds wander frequently.
2.) People are less happy when their minds wander.
3.) What people think is a better predictor of happiness than what people do.

This is why the Bible puts so much importance to our thought life. Life is better — more fulfilling, more meaningful — when we remain focused in the moment on what really matters.

I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (Psalm 119:15)

This post originally appeared at PreachingLibrary.com