Thanks for the tips @SilverBear!! Beautiful video and very good music as usual!!
Not at all! This is the very Buddhist concept of “monkey mind”!
Your mind has been working this way without you realizing it for your entire life. It has spent almost 100% of the time in this default mode of jumping from one thing to another, creating thoughts, finding distractions, and not focusing.
You weren’t aware of this behavior until you started trying to watch your breath for a while. Now that you are aware of it, you realize how annoying our very own mind can be! Does it make sense for you to overcome a lifetime of habits by just sitting for a few sessions?
This has always been the case, you are just becoming aware of it! Now that you are aware of it, focus on letting it go. Go ahead and meditate. And when your mind wanders, don’t get angry, mad, sad, depressed, or frustrated.
Your mind is simply doing what it has always done for your entire life. It’s going to be a while before you can sit with focus on your breath for an extended period.
Like Laurie said, bring your attention back to your breath and stay on it for as long as you can or until your mind begins to wander again. Then when you realize your mind has wandered, bring your attention back, gently. That’s the correct way to meditate.
One more thing: The goal of meditation is not to silence your thoughts! Thoughts will always be there. What’s important is that the majority of your attention is on your breath. The thoughts are just clouds passing by overhead. You don’t have to ignore them, but don’t “feed” them with attention either.
Keep trying and you will succeed!