Having looked at the first way to meditate – which was the passive unfocussed method, we ought to look at the slightly easier cousin of this. I refer to the passive focussed method. This is the most commonly used method in the western world as it gives us something to think on to the exclusion of everything else. This makes it far easier to do than not thinking of anything. This is coincidentally also the starting point for teaching unfocussed passive meditation and one may find plenty of cases where a mantra is given to a student to think on. In this method you basically focus on just one thing, like a mantra, or the image of a thing, giving yourself an anchor point to stop the mind wandering. We do this in church often, focussing on a deity or on a repetitive prayer (like the rosary) or on a mantra like the ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’, but strictly almost anything can be focussed on and built up into a total image to the exclusion of all others. The more detailed the image in your head is, the less any other thoughts can impinge on your consciousness and so a meditative state is achieved. It is agreed by the serious experts that once you can do this you should after ten or so years start even removing the image you have until you can achieve a proper empty state. As a person that is both ADD and ADHD I think it very unlikely I will ever still my mind to nothing as I not only keep thinking about things but I end up thinking about the fact that I am thinking about things, and as such I find that focussed meditation in either the active or passive states is the best bet in my case. When it comes to meditation it is wise to realise our own abilities and skills and work from where we are to achieve the goals we want to rather than trying to do what we cannot and then moaning that we constantly fail. When choosing something as your focus the best bet is to take something simple. The short, easily remembered phrase, a single thing like an apple, one prayer of a few lines long, nothing more than that or the focus itself will become a distraction and take away from the meditation. Hopefully this might help not only realise that there are many ways to meditate but that they are all legitimate and we should, in fact, learn two or three methods s that we are able to use the one appropriate to our moods or state when we try, thus ensuring that we can keep practicing even when we don’t feel like it.