When you are practicing zazen, do not try to stop your thinking. Let is stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. – Shunryu Suzukhi, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
As my own journey with mediation began, I wanted to tell everyone about the benefits I was experiencing. Inevitably I got the question “so, do you like, just sit there?”
And the answer is yes. You just sit there.
Then I got a lot of “How do you just not think. It’s too hard, my mind wanders. Meditation doesn’t work for me.”
Yep, totally get that.
Then I read the above quote in Journey of Awakening: A Meditators’s Guidebook (which by the way I cannot more strongly recommend) and I was like, yep – there it is.
You don’t have to try and do anything. You just sit. You breathe.