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  • Writer's pictureNoa Zalle

Too many thoughts while meditating?

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Meditation has no push button that you turn on the moment you sit down for meditation and then immediately your brain goes blank. It doesn’t work that way, even for those who practice it for along time. It’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with you if your brain produces thought continuously. It is all a part of the process.

See, what actually occurs is when you give yourself the time and space to sit, to be totally present, to summon some peace of mind, your mind turns itself up, and all the things that are on and a little below the surface start to emerge and boil over the pot that is your consciousness, all the ongoing chatter is spilling out more intensely.

If you allow yourself to have it without any judgment, it will decrease and go away. Probably not immediately, but it will.

If you wish to speed up this process, there are three things you can do:

First – I already mentioned it – have no judgment about it. When you judge yourself for it you are just adding some more of that unnecessary chatter, and also, you’ll feel worse, and this is certainly not the purpose of meditation.

Second - After you get over the judgment, just notice all those thoughts coming and going, just observe them, don’t get involved with them but also don’t try and stop them. Watch them as they are created, and as they go away and dissipate. Then you can go to the next step.

Third – Pay attention to your breath. Don’t interfere with it, just pay attention to your natural

breath. This alone gathers your attention inwards and allows you to be more present and have less chatter in your head.

Be kind to yourself, allow the optimal conditions for meditation – not when you’re in a hurry, not when there is no comfortable and serene space to place your body in. Allow time and practice and see what happens.


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