All over North America interest in meditation is growing. Yoga is pretty common now and sports psychologists are also beginning to utilize that same practices that the Soviets borrowed from traditional martial arts back in the 1980's. In fact you can read about these Soviet revelations in books like Peak Performance by Charles A. Garfield Ph.D. The trick of course is realizing that it the focus is to not STOP oneself from experiencing thoughts, that is in fact pretty much impossible. The trick is to learn to remove one's ego and immediate response to the occurance of a feeling or sensation. It is like when people say, can't see the forest for the trees. By removing oneself from a thought, then you can experience that thought. Anyways, yak time is much better explained during this tedtalk. Time to take that coffee break.