1. Understand what it’s about
Meditation is pretty much like sitting by the side of the road and watching cars go by. Sounds easy enough to do, right?
The road is like your mind and the cars represent various thoughts, emotions, feelings and experiences. All you have to do during meditation is to watch them. It’s that easy. What happens often is we end up chasing our thoughts and emotions and getting involved with them.
Imagine what would happen if you start chasing cars on a motorway. Eh! Pretty gruesome right? Well, that’s what happens to us when we chase thoughts in the mind – it becomes a big mess!
And guess what?
It’s not about controlling the mind either.
What would happen if you start trying to control cars on the motorway? Another tragic situation. But that’s what we end up doing.
The goal of meditation is just to sit back, relax and watch your thoughts go by. It’s about learning how to be detached from the mind.
Don’t get me wrong – your mind will still go wild and will still try to chase your thoughts. This is perfectly normal. That’s what the mind is conditioned to do. But the moment you figure out what you’re doing, just bring yourself back to the side of the road, and watch the cars without getting involved with them. That’s the goal.
Is that not a relief when you realise that you don’t have to control your mad mind? Feels like a big burden off your back, doesn’t it? I guess you’re ready for some meditation now.