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Dealing with Thoughts During Meditation: A 15 Minute Guided Mindfulness Meditation

Thoughts during meditation

It is your mind’s job to think, yet thoughts can seem to “get in the way” or be seen as a distraction when practicing meditation.  This is true for first-time meditators as well as long-time practitioners.  It is simply how the mind works.  So the next logical question is, how do you deal with thoughts during meditation?  I will guide you on this practice today.  Be patient and compassionate with yourself during this process and know that thoughts, like breath, will rise and fall.  Simply knowing this fact is the first step to increasing your ability to avoid getting stuck in thoughts during meditation and in life.

I will start with a quote to contemplate from the book “Peace is Every Step,” by Thich Nhat Hanh.

“In us, there is a river of feelings in which every drop of water is a different feeling, and each feeling relies on all the others for its existence.  To observe it, we just sit on the bank of the river and identify each feeling as it surfaces, flows by, and disappears.”

Meditation written and read by Sara Raymond

Music Credit:   (Celestial Light) by Christopher Lloyd Clarke. Licensed by Enlightened Audio.

Photo Credit:  Philippe Bout from

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About the author, Sara

Sara is the founder of The Mindful Movement and the owner of Coreworks Fitness, a Pilates and Yoga studio in MD. Sara is also a Master Pilates and CoreAligh instructor with Balanced Body.

Sara is passionate about helping others grow and live mindful, fulfilled lives. She helps others move better, feel better, live with a deep awareness, gratitude and their whole heart. She strives to inspire others live authentically and passionately in love and abundance.

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