Here’s a revealing 10-min exercise. Think of whatever is on your mind in this moment and write down the first thing that appears.
Later, sit down with your eyes closed for 10 minutes. Focus your attention on the breath. When your attention wavers, try and find out the one thing that your mind most drifts toward – the center of gravity of your thoughts.
Oftentimes, you will notice that whatever is on the top of your mind is different from the center-of-gravity of your thought.
The top-of-the-mind is what we end up acting upon. The center-of-gravity is what we ought to act upon. This difference lies beneath much of whatever stresses us out.