Dear Peter,
There is more than one kind of meditation. The kind of meditation I wrote about is not designed to get you to stop thinking, but instead to make friends with or bring mindfulness and awareness to all aspects of your experience, including thinking. Its aim is to recognize thinking as thinking and not get caught up in believing that one's thoughts are something solid and real, but it is not meant as a rejection of thinking. The kind of practice, usually concentration, that leads to the stilling of thoughts may bring a sense of peacefulness or even bliss. It is just a different kind of practice. It is up to you-- perhaps with the guidance of a teacher--to decide what practice you want to engage in. It depends on why you have been inspired to practice. I hope that's useful. I can well imagine that if you have been trying to stop thinking that my description could be quite shocking.
Karen Kissel Wegela

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