Meditation - it isn't about switching your thoughts off

I’m sure you will have heard of the benefits of meditation – and for good reason. However, one of the commonest misconceptions about meditation is that you need to switch off your thoughts completely. This puts a lot of people off. The good news is – this isn’t true! The idea of meditation is to focus on one thing and then be aware of your thoughts, letting them come and go and bringing your attention back to your main point of focus. Your point of focus could be your breath. Or it could be a relaxing picture or a candle. Some people use a word (like ‘peace’ or ‘calm’). You may want to experiment with a few points of focus to see what works for you. For the purpose of the following exercise,

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