So, I'm starting out on meditation, but finding it near impossible to stay focused for more than a few seconds. Any tips for not thinking about cheese et al for a while?
Context; may be irrelevant. Trying this for:
- Physical health reasons. On two meds which is keeping high blood pressure normal, but pulse rate is persistently high. Mid forties, and this is becoming a major issue.
- Mental health reasons. Long-term (decades) deep stresses through family reasons.
- Inability to focus. The mind operates in one of two negative ways:
1. Thinks in 'hypertext'; can get distracted by something in mid-sentence, goes down 'thought rabbit holes'
2. Flips between (pointless) future planning, hopes and fears for the future, and memories, ruminating on the past. In other words, rarely stays focused on the 'here and now'
- Quiet mind-space. It would be so good
to have just a few minutes every day where my head is not endlessly invaded with thoughts of work, health, family, emigration, missing my fiancee and so forth.
After reading around, rather than stuffing yet more meds inside me, would rather work, adopt and persist with non-chemical techniques such as these. I don't have a problem with sitting still for meditation (useful previous AskMe thread
), nor getting into the mind-calm zone (another useful AskMe thread
). The problem is staying there
i.e. my mind not wandering off onto an aforementioned thought path after 10 or 15 seconds.
Been trying this daily for around three weeks now, and the "quiet head time" duration isn't getting better. Am I being too hasty in expecting to go from hyper-mind to zen-mind, or are there useful tips or tricks to get there?