Thoughts are endless and keep distracting me when I meditate. How can I have less?

May 29, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 6:18
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Hello, excellent meditator. Before this week’s practice, I have the delight of continuing to answer the questions you have submitted to me. This week’s question is from Jacqui:

As an over-thinker I struggle with thinking that occurs when I meditate. Somedays there seems to be a lot and it can be a challenge to stay focused on my breath. I wonder too at times how do I differentiate between being mindful and over thinking.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could find the “off” switch for thoughts?! Having never found it, I have no idea. Instead we could use our thoughts to create more gentleness both on and off the cushion.

Thoughts? (Hee.) Let’s hear them.

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Love, Susan

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