When we meditate, our minds are not empty. Thoughts keep showing up trying to distract us. Labeling them as “thoughts” is the best way to acknowledge those distractions rather than fighting back. It’s a way to recognize our thoughts without giving them importance.
The great American mythologist Joseph Campbell said: “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That’s what it’s all finally about.”