Greetings, my meditator friends!
By now you've probably observed that a lot of thinking occurs during meditation (it does for me, anyway). As such, I thought I'd say a few words about how to view your thoughts, whether in general or during practice.
What I have learned is that most thoughts are not about what's happening right now. Instead, they more commonly take the form of recollections of what has occurred in the past, or imaginings/plans/worries about the future.
This doesn't mean that the thoughts that come to us in meditation aren't of value or relevance. Nor is there anything wrong with being lost in thought at various points throughout our day.
What is unique about the time we spend meditating is that we are making the conscious choice to not follow our thoughts. You're not pushing thoughts away. You're just seeing them for what they are, images and perhaps some language, and then choosing to bring your attention back to your anchor.
This does require some effort, but there is a reward for this effort. You are able to experience the rare opportunity to rest and to take a break from the constant following of our thoughts like we do all day.
So enjoy this opportunity and I'll see you tomorrow!