We are told that the point of meditation is to create a blank screen in your mind and it is only through this vacuum that the Universe can work. OK, this might be true for some, but it may also be the reason why so many give up. When I first meditated, I tried, didnt succeed, felt I had failed and who wants to be a failure?
The reality is that the mind is ALWAYS thinking, talking, plotting. Once you accept this, your battle is 1/2 over. Yes, there are those who are able to block out the world, but it takes time to learn, so why not try another way of meditating yet still achieve relaxation and clarity?
My favorite way is what I call Story Telling. I initiate all meditations by breathing in deeply, starting with my feet, working upwards, relaxing the muscles and when I feel that I am totally relaxed, I begin my story. I have a secret garden in my mind, a place where only I can access. I enter my garden and allow all my senses to activate-smells, sounds, sights etc. There are several paths ahead of me and I decide on one. As I walk, I hear birds above, see animals around me, all living in harmony and I come to a clearing and sit on a log. Suddenly a man in a long robe appears and hands me a box. What is inside of the box? The first thing that pops into my mind is my gift from my Higher Power. Each time the box and gift varies, and that is what makes it so special. Once I open the box, I allow my meditation to flow. Sometimes I am walking in a meadow with my angels, swimming in the sea with dolphins, or other times I am sitting on a picnic bench with my guides.
If you are in need of guidance, decide what it is that you want upfront and ask your Higher Power to provide help, then count on seeing someone from the other realm to guide you. Next time, take a different path and see where it takes you. Remember, this is your meditation and your life. Relax and live it with Joy and Happiness.