One of the most common reasons given for not practicing mediation is “I just can’t clear my mind” or “I can’t focus” or something similar.
I used to say this as well.
But, like many others, I misunderstood what meditation is all about.
You see, meditation is not about clearing your mind, or stopping your mind from thinking. Instead, it’s about changing your relationship with your thoughts.
When meditating, your mind is going to think. That’s what it does.
But every time you notice that you’ve lost your concentration on your breath (or whatever the object of your meditation is), just let that thought go, whatever it is, and come back to the meditation object.
Every time you do this, you are training your brain to focus, and you are training your brain that you don’t have to engage every thought that comes from your mind.
And you do this, over and over and over again.
This is the practice of meditation.