Back to the basics - How to Meditate
To settle the mind you have to settle the body.
Sitting erect but relaxed; one vertebrae on top of the other.
Let go of any expectations of what this meditation should look like.
Have the intention to release any thoughts that may arise.
Anchor the focus to the sensations of breathing to help settle the mind.
Gently allow your body to relax into your breath.
Breath in, breath out; notice the sensation where your attention is focused.
Allow the breath to be what it is, do not try to change the way you breathe.
When your mind wanders, gently return to breath with no judgement.
Forty minutes of silent meditation was quite a unexpected challenge.
My mind created discomfort in my body;and I released by coming back to the focus of my breath.
My mind created self doubt, I was meditating all wrong; and I released by coming back to the focus of my breath.
My mind created distraction, perhaps the computer had gone to sleep and I wouldn't know when the 40 minutes was up; and I released by coming back to the focus of my breath.
In conclusion I am reminded of the importance of silent meditation.