What should I do if my mind wanders during a meditation?

 When you notice your mind getting distracted, simply bring your attention back to the object of the meditation (e.g. your breath, body sensations or sounds). Don't get upset, just recognise that it happened and let it go. Remember that meditation is not about stopping thoughts or making the mind go ‘blank’. It is about learning to recognise when we have become distracted and simply returning the attention to where we want it.

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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