Sometimes, it’s easy to let go of thoughts, or just watch them float down the river. Those tend to be thoughts about things like the weather, or what errands I need to run.
There aren’t too-too many thoughts that can hook me any more, but I had to laugh: As soon as I closed my eyes, I went into a he should have done… I should have said… loop that lasted at least 2-3 minutes (in other words, a good percentage of the meditation time). As soon as I noticed it, I laughed and let it flow away, until the next he should have… popped into my head a few seconds later.
Those thoughts make me miserable–angry, sad, lonely–and they don’t accomplish anything (except making me feel miserable).
What I’m realizing is that letting go of thoughts isn’t a once-and-done thing. It’s continual (which can be frustrating). Let go, let go, let go–brief reprieve from thoughts–let go again. Thoughts will return; that’s what they do. I have to keep coming back to the breath; that’s what I can do.