The Mind Can Be Mastered
Arjuna [the stuggling meditator]: "The mind is unstable, troublesome, strong and obstinate; it seems to be as difficult to control as the wind."
Krishna [our innate wisdom]: You are right, Arjuna; the mind is restless and hard to master; but by constant practice and detachment it can be mastered in the end.
Bhagavad Gita 6:34,35
The Bhagavad Gita is ancient scripture from India that tells the story of Arjuna, who represents those of us who are seeking a better way of life, and Krishna, who represents our own inner knowing, our inner wisdom. This is from the chapter on meditation.
We are not the first ones to experience our minds running wild during meditation. The great promise from this scripture is that the mind can be trained to come to single pointed focus and take us into the depth of meditation called yoga. Modern science echos this promise with our attribute of neuroplasticity. Our regular meditation practice creates new neural networks which strengthen our ability to focus and control the contents of our mind. This is what is life changing.