It is often difficult for those reared in Western mode to meditate in an Eastern, No Thing, manner. To simply contemplate silence seems quite difficult for those of us reared with the constant input from our Western upbringing. However, there are ways to meditate that work quite well with this background. Because I have the constant voices going on in my head, this was the way I had to learn to meditate. Now, after many years, I can get to a point of silent meditation, and fairly quickly, the contemplations having helped me to “get there”.
One of the passages that speaks to this is out of Paul’s writings, in Philippians, Chapter 4, verse 8 ( Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ) It is an excellent way to also cleanse the mind of the odd mixture of sex and violence that pervades our environment.
The easiest way to begin such a venture, if you are new to the concept, is to prepare to study a passage in a book, or listen to an audio book that is wholesome, bringing out lovely and right minded thoughts in your head. Have a notebook and a writing space, with pencils and pens available to scribble down your thoughts. Listen for a bit, and then let your mind wander over the different things the passage brings to the forefront. Do this for as long as you can hold the noble thoughts. It may start out to be only 5 minutes or so, but work to gradually increase the time you spend at this activity.
When you can maintain your thoughts on the “high” for a solid half hour, begin to contemplate entire chapters of writing, or audio, so that you are constantly stretching your ability to hold your mind in a more or less “pure” mode. By the way, choose passages and books you truly enjoy that are of this “clean” nature, saving the harder work for when you have practiced this for a while. Start out with children’s books that you enjoy, if you need to. Do not be a snob, here, as this is your private time, and is for your own enhancement in living, so doesn’t need to be an advanced work. There is a small work by Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God. This is simply written, so a good way to start if you find the work enjoyable. The more you contemplate things of high quality and vibration, the less the “dark thoughts” will have a hold on your mind, it will become easier and easier to maintain a sense of detachment from the “things of the world”.
When you are working, find a simple but uplifting tune to hum in your mind, (not out loud, you do not want to distract your co-workers). When a disturbing thought comes to mind, i.e. hatred, dislike, inappropriate thoughts, hum that tune in your mind, look at the thought, and dismiss it. This method of clearing the mind has been of great help to me in dealing with the “voices” that disturb my concentration and make it difficult to relate to those around me. I hope this method of thought training will help you in your daily walk.