How can I stop my mind from wandering when I sit down to meditate? Every time I sit down to meditate my mind starts to think of everything that I have to do. Then I feel anxious that I am not doing enough.
One of the misconceptions about meditation is the belief that we are supposed to stop thinking. Any one who has ever tried to stop thinking can attest to the fact that it usually makes them think even more. The key is to watch and observe your thoughts with no attachments. For this portion of time you do not have to do anything. You are trusting that everything will work itself out. If some thoughts come up for you, gently watch them float by. This is your time for you. Most people are not familiar with the power of "being" since most of us have been trained to value "doing." When we meditate we allow ourselves to become receptive to the blessings of the universe. We begin to tune in to the part of ourselves that "knows" instead of thinks.