When thoughts come, just bring your attention back to your meditation technique. This simple act will stop many a thought from hijacking your concentration, by nipping them in the bud. Sometimes, however, one can experience a whole parade of thoughts due to restlessness or fascination with a particular subject. When this happens, try offering these restless thoughts up to the point between the eyebrows, or Christ center, and release them there with a sense of freedom. Then resume your meditation.

Thoughts are just energy that needs to be redirected. When wandering thoughts play havoc with your meditation, try viewing their presence not as a failure, but as an opportunity — a chance to consciously rechannel your energy back toward your own spiritual awakening. In this way, your reaction to the inevitable thoughts that arise in meditation will be constructive. Above all, it is important to stay positive and avoid any sense of discouragement!

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The 10-week Lessons in Meditation online course is designed to provide in-depth instruction in scientific meditation techniques that bring more peace, deeper relaxation, and focused concentration to every area of your life, regardless of outer conditions.

These techniques are based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

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