posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 08:46 AM
reply to post by shadowland8
I personally do not use music, sounds, or scents to meditate.
May I suggest focusing on your breathing. Slow and steady breaths. Become aware of your breathing and focus on it.
As thoughts, memories, images, or songs appear in your mind, do not think about them, engage them, or dwell upon them. Do not think about not-thinking
about the thought. Snap out of engaging the thought and focus on your breathing.
If you are having trouble clearing your mind of thoughts, imagine you are at a rail-road crossing as a train crosses. Imagine each distracting thought
as an individual boxcar of the train. Be aware of it, do not fight it, observe it, and allow it to pass out of your awareness. Or imagine you are
sitting by a river. Imagine each distracting thought as a leaf drifting in the water. The leaf comes into view and is carried down stream and out of
sight by the current. Do not add to the thought, and do not think about 'not thinking.' Allow the thoughts to arise and pass, acknowledged but not
In my personal opinion, further meditative techniques should not be tried until you are able and comfortable with focusing on your breathing and
clearing your mind of distractive thoughts. The ability to 'not think' will give your brain a rest, relieve stress, and re-energize you like a good
Meditation takes effort, practice, patience, dedication, trial and error. Give yourself 10-30 minutes of quiet alone time each day to meditate until
you start to get the hang of it.
I hope this helps. May you meditate well