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20 Mar 2021

I have tried to meditate but every time I try to "quieten" my mind, my mind starts working over time
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Meditation Expert

06 Apr 2021

Hi Bernadette,

That is a very common response for people who begin meditating.
What happens is that you are becoming more aware of just how busy the mind actually is. 
But what can also happen is by trying to quieten the mind, you realize that you can't. Its like trying to pat ripples on a pond to make the water still. 
The water will become calm by itself. 
Treat your mind the same way.
Just sit down for meditation practice, and in the same way that you would allow the blades of a fan slow down by itself when you plug it out.
Just allow time for your mind to settle down.
Don't chase it.
Rather observe what it does.
Just be curious as if you were watching a scene in nature.
With open curiosity, what is the mind doing?
And watch.
Don't judge it, just observe patiently.
See what happens
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