Multi-Tasking While Meditating
Meditator Jan Gipple from Des Moines, IA, writes: "My mind keeps going on a dual track while I'm sitting -- multi-tasking, meditating and thinking on two different channels. It's as if one brain compartment feels free to think and another wants to meditate. The meditating compartment keeps allowing the thinking compartment to run amuck. Any ideas?"
My response: It just appears that you're multi-tasking, Jan. According to Buddha, consciousness can have only one object at a time but it works so fast that it feels like we are doing things simultaneously. You're just observing the rapidity with which your mind is working without realizing that attention is actually shifting nanosecond to nanosecond from object to object.