In which I’ve read this passage before, but this time it seemed to be exactly the advice I needed.
“Don’t try to still your mind by force when you sit for meditation. The thoughts will rise up with ten times their original force if you do that. It is like pressing down a spring. Try to find out where the thoughts arise from, and control them with that knowledge. Don’t place the mind in any kind of tension. If any part of your body is tense or feels any pain, the mind will linger on that. Relax every part of the body and watch your thoughts with absolute awareness. Then the mind will subside by itself.
“Don’t follow your thoughts. If you follow them, only your body will be here; your mind will be somewhere else.”
- Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Upadeshamritam Vol. 1