Mindfulness meditation is quite a paradoxical skill; in many ways it’s completely effortless, yet it requires a lot of discipline and dedication. As such, much of what we do at Open Meditation is to simplify meditation for beginners so that the initial hurdle of learning the basics of mindfulness, familiarising one with the key mindfulness meditation techniques and starting a daily practice is easier to overcome.
Thoughts are a lot like feral cats. If you get into the habit of feeding them, you'll find more and more at your door every day. Soon you won't be able to hear yourself think because of all the meowing. They'll be there all day and all night, howling for more food. You might think that by feeding all of them they'll go away, so you leave a can of tuna outside your door. Some of them do stop meowing and for a moment it seems like the problem has been solved, but the next day there are twice as many.
Mindfulness meditation is a process of letting go; letting go of the way you think things should be and accepting what is. Often this can be hard when we start out, especially if we've been told that we need to let go, live in the present, and stop fretting about things. The harder we try, the more confused we get. The way to do it is to allow it to emerge - to focus all of your intent on simply being, not straying from being aware of the content of your own experience.