Do I have to stop thinking when I meditate? 

 No, the point of meditation is to get better at focusing your attention.

For example, if you're doing a breathing exercise, you will try to focus only on your breath. The habitual state of the mind is to wander, so in the beginning you will have trouble focusing. But over time, you will gain better control over where your attention goes.

It is important not to get frustrated when the mind wander while you are meditating. This will happen and is normal. In fact, becoming aware of your mind wandering and then bringing it back to your point of focus is often the main activity of a meditation session. The thoughts will continue, but you will spend less time caught up in them.

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List of guided meditations

During the course of this program experiment with different types of meditations and think of what would help you create a regular meditation practice and what gets in the way.

Here is a list of guided meditations you may download and listen to as often as you wish. These meditations were recorded by Dr Richard Chambers, a clinical psychologist and mindfulness consultant.    

The body scan (5 min)

The body and breath meditation (5 min)

Working mindfully with emotions (10 min)

The body-breath-sound meditation (10 min)

The body-breath-sound-thought meditation (10 min)

Tuning into your suroundings (10 min)

The 1 minute practice