Anxiety and Depression

A more advanced version of the technique of following your breath shifts the observation of your attention to your mind. Amazingly, many of us will live our whole lives without knowing what our minds ‘look’ like, much less what they are. Typically, a meditator may focus 10% of their attention on their breath, and 90% on the changing conditions of their own minds.

Nothing in life remains unchanged, and this is equally true for our thoughts and emotions. A meditator watches all his or her thoughts and emotions begin, grow, pass, and finally disappear completely. As you gain practice, you soon begin to realize that your awareness is not dependent on your thoughts. As you become calmer, outside events (or inner emotions) worry you less, as you know they will pass. You can see the ‘space between’ thoughts much clearer, and in doing so, become familiar with your own mind.

Imagine, some people know all about external subjects, but never their own minds!

Eventually, after practicing this for your allotted time, your bell or clock will remind you your time has passed and you can come out of your meditation.