Meditation and Awareness:
You have to understand the nature of the mind. The mind is your own voice; it is your own conversation. The mind is made up of your own likes, dislikes, and preferences. Your insecurities and fears manifest as the mind.
Until you switch from the zone of the mind to a neutral space within you such as the breath, this agitation will continue to happen. The effort is two-fold in meditation: “How do I keep my body relaxed and how do I keep my mind alert?” You have to make a conscious effort to stay alert and relaxed at all times.
Meditation is a process of observing everything that you are doing, and being in the present moment. It is not about dropping your old habits, changing the contents of your thoughts, or even changing your behavior. Just bring yourself to the chaos that is your life, and the clarity will emerge.
The only problem is, in the entire stream of activities from morning until evening, you are totally lost. Most of the time, you are so deeply attached to what you’re doing that you’re not even aware of yourself. If you can create a lifestyle where you are alert and awake to everything that is happening throughout the day, you will see that meditation happens very naturally.
Just try this – after continuously watching your thoughts for one hour during the day, go and sit in meditation. You will see that your awareness will extend to your meditation, and it is so much easier to sit quietly. Mindfulness and meditation are not two different things. Meditation is just a more focused type of mindfulness. The whole objective of meditation is watching the thoughts. If you can watch your thoughts throughout the day, you will be able to do it more effectively during your meditation.