So when you meditate , you will see the thoughts come and go. You will easily welcome it , and letting go of it , then refocusing on your breath .
I start off doing guided meditation, this helps me not only focus on the voice but what I should be doing.
Remember though, there is no right or wrong way of doing things. It’s just about practice. One day you will be able to shut off your mind, but that may take awhile. I still can’t and I have been doing it on and off for over a decade.
Good luck and I hope this helped you. The app oak I find is very helpful for beginners and also will calmly bring you back to the meditation if your mind has wandered.
I like to think of my mind as a dragon on a long and unbreakable but very thin leash. It is powerful, capable of producing great good and great evil, and the only way to keep it tamed is to hold onto the leash. When you sit with awareness (this simply means just giving as much attention to the present moment as you can manage, no more, no less), tune into your breath, and watch your dragon-mind, you are keeping it on the leash, and maybe even reeling it in. Just focus on breathing in and out comfortably and watch the thoughts in your mind arrive and pass away as if they were clouds in the sky. You will undoubted identify with some, in other words, you will be carried along with some of the thought-streams that arrive. This may manifest as remembering something that made you angry recently, or sad, or recalling something you watched on television last night, or a conversation you had recently, or what you want to eat for your next meal, etc. The thought forms that manifest in your mind are literally infinite. The key is not to try and completely mute your mind, because the dragon is not so easily tamed.
It takes time. For the first weeks or months, try to be content by just sitting and watching your thoughts come and go, and doing so dispassionately. Work on not being carried away by the thoughts, and this in time will strengthen your grip on the leash. Eventually, you and the dragon can become allies. It is a great thing to have a dragon at your side to help you when you need assistance, but it is a bad thing to be whipped and pulled here and there by a dragon that does his own bidding, and that you have no control over. As they say: ‘the mind makes a great servant, but a horrible master’. Focus on just being present (Be Here Now), breathing, and watching your thoughts, rather than trying to suppress or judge them. In time, whether it be weeks, months, or years, the quiet will come that is like a still pond with no ripples. And that’s when your mind is quieted. Until then, just be patient, and watch and learn about how your mind works. I hope this helps!
As thoughts arise, simply let it flow as you are an audience in a theatre. Keeping the breaths in and out peacefully and slowly to have a sense of focus.
Keep practicing everyday and 5 – 10 minutes for the first 2 weeks, and you can slowly come to the state
Towards the end of meditation, my mind is usually quite.
KEEP BELIEVING, THAT YOU CAN
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