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Turn the TV off at least 30 minutes before meditation. Your brain goes into beta brainwaves. Meditation shifts the brain to alpha brainwaves. I would highly recommend complete silence. Although, soft music that isn't distracting can be of help as well. I like Tibetan bowl sounds or Om chants, personally.

Here's a little trick I use in meditation that uses deep breathing and focus of the mind. When inhaling, count to 3. When exhaling count to 5. This 3/5 rhythm is more akin to our natural pattern of breathing rather than a 4/4 split. This also helps to minimize the wandering of the mind. Breathing in equal 4/4 breaths will cause you to fall into a repetitive even pattern and make it easier for your mind to wander. A 3/5 rhythm keeps your attention focused while breathing more naturally.

There is no goal. It's all about the NOW moment. The past exists in a memory you are having NOW and the future is just a thought you are having NOW about an eventual NOW. Be Patient. Be Present.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin