Try not to think of thoughts as the enemy.
Our heart beats involuntarily, you can’t stop it from beating, and you could think of your mind in the same way. It’s pointless trying to stop thoughts coming into your mind.
Expecting it to be absolutely silent is only putting unnecessary pressure on yourself
Each time a thought comes into your mind as you’re meditating, gives you the opportunity to notice that you’ve had a thought. To be aware of it, and to then return to focusing on your breath. The more you notice your thoughts, the better you’re getting at being aware of what’s happening within your mind.
I heard a great analogy of brushing teeth. we brush them every day, but how often do you walk away afterwards and say to yourself, “damn, i didn’t brush my teeth well today!”?
And likewise I’m guessing you never congratulate yourself for a superb brush today?
When you eat your dinner do you wonder if you’re inserting the fork into your mouth the right way?
or wonder whether you boiled the kettle correctly?
You’re wondering where I’m going with this?
What I’m trying to put across, is that when you meditate, just do it, try not to get caught up in how well you did it, and whether you did it right!
As for whether you should meditate in the first place…
“I don’t have time to practice something that will bring me peace, calm my nervous system, help me sleep, relax my internal organs, help me make better decisions and essentially fix my life. I’m too busy running around wondering why my life doesn’t work”.
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