In meditation, we don't try to pin down the mind. We don't try to stop our thoughts or get rid of the ones we don't like. That only creates more mental turbulence.
Instead, we bring it to its natural state, in part, by learning how to let go. We let go and eventually the mind finds its natural place of peace and quiet.
In our meditation training, we let go of the concept of doing or achieving.
We let go of trying. And embrace the act of simply being.
Enjoy this time. There aren't many moments in life when we're supposed to let go and simply be. With time the art of letting go becomes an enjoyable experience, and one that makes your meditation something to look forward to.
Here's a short guided meditation for anxiety that will help you learn how to let go and surrender to your natural state of awareness.
Letting Go - A Short Guided Meditation:
- Find a comfortable seated position and gently close your eyes. If you don't like having your eyes closed, that's ok. Just allow your gaze to rest softly on one point in space.
- Take a moment to tune into your breath. This is all we're going to do in this meditation: simply pay attention to our inhalations and our exhalations, while repeating to ourselves: Let. Go.
- Set a timer (you probably have one on your phone) for 2 minutes.
- Take a long inhale and say to yourself: "Let." Now, take a long exhale and say to yourself "go." Again, inhale "let," and exhale "go." Continue repeating this mantra until your timer goes off, allowing yourself to relax and let go of the cares and concerns of the world.