Originally Posted by JCVA
I have a hard time focusing when I meditate. How do you keep thoughts from coming up?
You don't "keep thoughts from coming up" that isn't what meditation is about. After practicing it for a while you may get to the point where you cease to think but that isn't what it is about.
Meditation is about observing the thoughts you have without judging them or pursuing them....just observing them as the come and pass. It is about concentrating on the present moment, on your breath and everything that is going on around you during the present moment. The feeling of your body on the chair or the ground, the movement of your belly or chest with every in and out breath and on and on....there are plenty of books to help you as well.
If I sit down with the intent to stop think the one thing I am going to do is think. Telling myself not to think will result in me thinking.