Mind wandering frees our mind to make new connections, have fresh ideas, and even solve problems that the focused mind has difficulty doing. Scientists such as Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton revered the capability of the wandering mind. The researcher Felicity Mellon criticizes the current atmosphere of collaborative research believing it doesn’t value the importance of reflection and isolation. Researcher Kalina Christoff thinks of the mind as a muscle system composed of opposing forces. When one muscle contracts, the other must relax. This dynamic may be at play between concentration and stream of consciousness. It seems we should be intentional in allowing ourselves time every day to let our minds wander.
HARRIS, M. (2017). LET YOUR MIND WANDER. Discover, 38(5), 30.