Many people expect meditation can remove their thoughts and feelings. That’s not how it works and that is not the objective, as Gelong Thubten explains:
“(…) what we do in meditation is we use exercises to focus the mind on the present moment. We might use our breathing, we might use physical sensations, sounds, visual objects visualizations. There are many techniques, you choose one and you focus”.
And when thoughts come and take us away?
That is just the time to practice:
“We learn to train the mind, so what does that involve it involves focusing. So maybe you’re focusing on your breathing or sound or something like that and then the mind is thinking, the mind is wandering, and you learn to capture it.
It’s like capturing and bringing it back very gently, just capture the awareness and bring it back to the present moment, and then it floats off again and then you bring it back and then it floats off again and you bring it back.”