There are many methods for meditation, but only one way to meditate. If you do not understand how the mind works, you will never be able to truly meditate.
Everything has a nature and the nature of the mind is to have thoughts. (The mind is doing what it is supposed to do.) This is important to understand before we begin meditation so we can approach our mind as a friend, and not an enemy.
The mind is like a top. It is spinning so fast, we think it is standing still. It is only when the mind begins to slow down, (through meditation) that we are able to “watch” the thoughts.
Meditation is not about “trying” to rid the mind of thoughts. When we say, “Do not think of a monkey", what is the first thing we think of? The problem is not the thoughts, but us. We think we are our thoughts and feel compelled to chase after them. This sets up a never-ending cycle of a mind that never stops. In other words, the tail is wagging the dog, rather than the dog wagging the tail. (to be continued)