Not all those who wander are lost.

Close your eyes and meditate for a while. Done? Great. What actually crossed your mind? I am pretty sure lots of thoughts would be flooding into your mind. Mind-wandering is the brains default mode.

When we say mind-wandering is the brain’s default mode, that’s not a metaphor. The part of the brain that starts its engines the minute you stop trying to think is called the default mode network, or just the default network. The discovery of this network happened by accident: neuroscientists in the mid-20th century noticed that brain activity in certain areas spiked when their subjects were asked to rest, even though that rest was included as the scientific control for experiments looking into other brain regions. The brain was supposed to be quiet, but for some reason, it started chattering.

The brain takes a break when we’re paying attention, but jump into action when we’re not focusing on anything. It’s what leads you to daydream about the future, obsess over your fears, and reminisce about the past. It’s the jingle that pops in your head and the random fact you suddenly remember. A bad mood leads to a wandering mind,not vice versa.

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The side effects of wandering mind are your reading comprehension, memory, and overall cognitive control decrease. Dreaming is essential in creative arts but you need to focus to implement the dream.You can sharpen your focus by meditating and thinking only about one thing.

So let’s decrease our dreaming and busy ourselves in making our dreams come true.

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