You’re encouraged to “not think” while meditating, but that proves more difficult to do than say. How can we turn our mind off? Here’s one thing to try: Ask your brain to think without processing words, images, or symbols. It should quiet down naturally.

Why this might work: I suspect below the conscious level, our minds have lots of work to do, work that might get backlogged by our busying it with other thoughts that impede a calmer state of mind. In allowing awake time to work on these tasks, we can keep a cleaner, more organized mind that can more quickly and with more confidence, make important decisions and prioritize rationally.