“To meditate a short time with depth is better than to meditate for long hours with the mind running wild.” – Paramhansa Yogananda
I was recently asked how not turn one’s meditation (quiet) time into thinking time. What a great question. Isn’t it interesting you find yourself thinking more when you meditate? The truth is you notice you have a lot of thoughts during meditation is because you are going through the motion of trying to be quiet. All of a sudden, you realize there are so many thoughts on your mind. Here are a few suggestions to combat excessive thoughts during meditation.
Tip #1: Use a different meditation technique you haven’t used for the last 30 days.
Meditation should be fun. Meditation should be one of the most exciting things you look forward at the beginning or at the end of your day. It shouldn’t be just another task on your daily to-do list. Are you bored with the meditation technique you’re currently using? Do you find your meditation stale? If the answer is yes, use a different technique to change your daily meditation practice. If you practice meditation by listening to a guided meditation CD, try chakra meditation (meditating by focusing on energy centers), mantra meditation (meditating by focusing on a particular word or a phrase), meditating in the nature by watching ocean waves or listening to the sound of ocean waves.
Tip #2: Do a hard workout before you meditate.
You’ll find you will have a better meditation experience after a hard workout. Body, mind, and spirit are interrelated. Meditation is training for the mind. However, if you have not trained your body first, you won’t get much out of your meditation practice. You want to exercise to the point you’re soaked in sweat so the toxins accumulated in your energy body can be released. Monitor how you feel prior and after your workout. You will find yourself more relaxed and energized after a challenging physical workout. If you start your meditation practice with a relaxed and energized frame of mind, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to meditate.
Tip #3: Take a few minutes to write down thoughts on your mind before you meditate.
One tip to avoid thinking endlessly during your meditation is: prior to your meditation, sit down, take a pad of paper, and write down everything on your mind. Just write them all down from to-dos to things, people, and places that are on your mind at that point in time. There is no need to judge these thoughts. Just write them all down. The act of writing them down actually creates mental space. When these thoughts inevitably arise during your meditation, you can remind yourself they are on a piece of paper and you will take care of them after you meditate. Sounds simple? It really works.