Meditation: the mind waves through periods of being aware of itself and not

In meditation, you continually bring your focus back to one thing—usually your breath. You plan to bring your focus back to that one thing because you know your mind will wander away from it. You focus on it, the mind waves like the ocean, and in a moment you see that you're no longer focused on it, so you focus on it again

You can relax through it and let it happen. It's ok

You do this gently

Just notice it and let it go

I’ve been thinking about how the non-meditating mind waves like the ocean, too. I might notice that my mind waves during meditation but it is waving all the time. And it waves through all sorts of phases, including the phase of being aware of itself and its thoughts

Noticing this about myself outside of meditation has been enlightening. I see that just as in meditation where my awareness of my breath flows in and out uncontrollably (naturally) my mind also goes through natural phases of being aware of itself and not

There's nothing for me to do with this realization except realize it. Know that just as in meditation where everything is solved (nothing is wrong) with the motion of the mind's waves, that in the rest of life these waves—and especially this wave of being self-aware and not—they flow naturally and perfectly and without my help