One of the common questions I get asked when teaching a class or speaking to a group is, “How Do I Meditate? I CAN’T SEEM TO MEDITATE because I have all these thoughts in my head!” This is a common concern with all meditation and until you have received the facts of meditation, its easy to get discouraged. Let me begin by stating, “MEDITATION IS NOT A THOUGHT ERASER”. We are human beings with minds that create thoughts. Guess what? Even the Dalai Lama has thoughts at times while meditating.
Meditation is an alternative to the thoughts by providing a single point of focus that creates peace, calm and relaxation. There are basically 4 things that happen during meditation:
1. Thoughts – As humans we have approximately 60,000-80,000 thoughts a day. It would not be practical to sit down for 30 minutes and erase them all! Thoughts are a part of life.
2. Sleep – Yes, it is not uncommon to fall into sleep during a meditation.
3. Silence/”The Gap” – This is the ultimate place of peace and connection to Source.
4. The Point of Focus – Breath, Mantra, Affirmation, etc.
When you meditate you can expect any of the above 4 things to happen, and you are doing the meditation correctly! When thoughts come in to your mind, simply return to your point of focus. If you are focused on your breath, let the thought come up, then return to your breath. If you are practicing a mantra or affirmation, notice the thought and go back to the mantra, etc.
If you are falling asleep regularly during meditation, it probably means you need more sleep. You can also try practicing meditation during the middle of the day until you become more accustom to meditating. Rest assured, as you continue to practice meditating you will stay conscious more and more.
If you feel you would like to meditate more regularly and want to have the comfort of an accountability partner, check out our Weekly Guided Tele-Meditations. You can also listen to a free guided meditation here!
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