Our minds are often everywhere but in the moment. Meditation allows us to develop the ability to truly live in the moment with practice, this makes us more effective in our ability to read messages and signs about the future.
What do we do about thoughts? Thoughts are sure to occur as you meditate. The key is acceptance. Yes you will have thoughts but it is your choice as to whether or not you interact with them. Here are some suggestions to help manage thoughts:
1. Imagine the thoughts attached to fluffy clouds drifting across the sky and see them float away.
2. See the thoughts as banners moving across your mind screen like a computer screen saver and disappearing off the screen.
3. Name the thoughts or categorise them, especially if they stay a little longer without drifting by easily. This will help to diffuse them, because by naming them you limit their power to distract you. For example, you may categorise a confrontation you have remembered as anger .
4. If you remember something that you need to do or that is important, tell yourself to recall this right after you finish meditating and then let the thought go, knowing that you will remember later.
5. Spend time being the observer of your thoughts. Relax and watch your thoughts go by like waves or like passer-by's on the street. By simply observing them, as if you were an outsider, you don't feel the need to become involved with them. They simply come less frequently until finally you realize how still your mind has become.
Do not become annoyed or judgmental of yourself if you have trouble quieting your mind. Some days it will be easy others not so, just accept that each meditative state will bring with it a different experience and enjoy the variety it brings.