🧘 Am I doing it right?

It's fairly common to have concerns about whether or not we are meditating right. We often have the idea that we wouldn't be thinking if we were doing the practice correctly, and this just isn't true. It is natural for the mind to think, we just want to learn to gradually become more aware of thinking happening. When we notice that we are getting lost in thought, the practice is to bring the attention back to the sensations of breath (or to whatever anchor one has chosen for that period of practice).

The aim of the practice of meditation is to help us be more present with our experiences in the body and the mind from moment to moment, without judgment. If you’re able to maintain your awareness of the sensations of the breath for just one half-breath at a time, and to notice that you’ve gotten lost in thinking, and then simply begin again (by bringing the attention back to the anchor), then you’re doing it correctly.