Mind-wandering, brain and meditation
Svend Davanger, MD, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oslo
Meditation Instructor in Acem
"When only thoughts pass through my mind, or the meditation sound goes on autopilot, is this what you call laxness?" asks a meditator. "Could be," answer Maria and Dag. "But it could just as well be a sign that you are meditating properly." What distinguishes a free mental attitude from being overly passive?
Will meditation help you get rid of your thoughts? Many meditators seem to think so. But thoughts are not the problem, writes Torbjørn Hobbel. They are an integral part of meditation and represent underlying currents in our consciousness that surface when the mind is more open and receptive.