“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character and will.” –William James
William James, widely considered by many to be the first American psychologist, said this back in the 1800s. And this voluntary bringing back of one’s wandering attention sounds awfully similar to what we’re doing in meditation practice.
He went on to say, “An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.”
Well, there you go. Train your attention and train your judgment, character and will. We have the education. It’s called mindfulness meditation. Why not try it?