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It’s important to be gentle with the mind-when thoughts and emotions arise in the mind during meditation. Once a thought/emotion enters your mind, observe it-making a mental note of it, then gently return to the breath. Practicing ‘basic’ Mindfulness Meditation: Find a quiet and comfortable place. Sit in a chair or on a cusion on the floor with your head, neck and back straight but not stiff. Put aside all thoughts of the past and the future and stay in the present moment. Become aware of your breathing, focusing on the sensation of air moving in and out of your… Read more »

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There are many different Buddhist meditation techniques, but few of them involve achieving a particular state of mind, such as a mind with no thoughts.

Rather, most techniques direct us to become acquainted with what the mind is actually doing, right now, in this very moment.

If you don’t have a direct relationship with a teacher, you might consider establishing such a relationship and asking for his/her guidance on this and other matters. There’s no substitute for guidance from someone who has themselves worked through these issues.

Best wishes on your path!

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What works for me: it’s called Vipisanna, not that the name matters. I call it “flow-through”. You sit or lay quietly, of course, focus on breathing, then forget about clearing your mind. If you try to close it, you might miss a message you need to hear. What you do is simply pay attention to your thoughts as they arise, welcome them, and let them “flow through” (my term). My foot itches “thanks for dropping by” I wish I had some apple pie “thanks for dropping by” Will it rain tomorrow? “thanks for dropping by”. See what I mean? Let… Read more »

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Think of one thing only, but if you fail, think of it as failure being the stepping stones to success

Ironic Hamster
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If you haven’t had a thought for 5 minutes… then you are meditating correctly.

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Focus on the rhythm of your breathing, that should keep your mind from having idle thoughts

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If you find your mind is wandering, try not to scold or beat up on yourself about it. Wandering restlessly is the normal state of the conditioned mind. This is the first lesson many people learn in meditation and it is a valuable one. Simply, gently, invite your attention back to your breath, remembering that you’ve just had a small but precious “awakening.” Becoming aware of your wandering mind is a success, not a failure.