Many people that I talk to say they can't meditate because they can't clear their mind. They say that their minds keep going from thought to thought when they try to sit still. The biggest myth about mediation is that to be good at meditation, thinking will stop. The truth is that no matter who you talk to, everyone has thoughts, all the time. Meditation helps to tame the mind but it doesn't stop thoughts from coming up. Ask a teacher who has been meditating for 30 years what their biggest challenge is in meditating and you will get the same answer: distraction. The reason meditation is so valuable is that it teaches us to bring the mind back to focus. It also teaches us that the mind and thought are not the only way to experience the world. We learn to use the other senses and give the mind a break.
~ Jillian Avey, purelifemeditation.com