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Originally posted by Codazzle
Perhaps your meditating for the effect, and thus not being able to reach your goal, because one cannot meditate while still thinking about what he wants to achieve, you are still using your brain and not letting it really zone in on its own, un interfered by your own thoughts.
if there are thoughts that come, let them come and go naturally, do not grasp the thought, just let it walk on stage and walk off.
your eyes may do things, you may want to shut them first, just breath in deeply through your nose into your lower abdomen, then into your upper chest, then exhale slowly out your mouth.
do this many times and you will be able to feel your heart rate slow down, that is a sign that your mind is relaying to your body that it can relax, because that is exactly what your doing when you breath like that.
while your meditating you can start to feel your mind registering your surroundings alot more via your peripheral vision, this makes your mind feel more aware of your surroundings (because you are) but that also brings the burden of alot more ports for thought to happen, again just let the thought enlighten you with its information, and let it go on.
I hope this helps somewhat, when I meditate the mind goes where it must, on some occasions I can experience a slight fear because I dont know what knowledge will be acquired, but once you see it, you know where its going, its sub conscious.
but i must say one last time, do not focus on any ONE single thought, instead focus that all thoughts (and happenings) that happen are one single thought collectively.
I bid you will my brother, God bless!