Guruji, What are the easy methods by which we can avoid the thoughts that disturb us during our meditation practice?
Your meditation depends upon many factors. The time during which you sit for meditation, the place where you sit, your immediate surroundings, the proximity to nature – all these aspects should be conducive for meditation. Hence, it is important to start your meditation early in the morning, even before sunrise, and without consuming any food. One can easily reach a stage without thougts when one awakens early in the morning during the Brahma Muhurutha, for doing meditation. After finishing the morning ablutions and after drinking sufficient water, you may practise the yogasanas and pranayama.
As confirmed by most yogis, Kapalabhati, Nadi shodhana (anulom-vilom) pranayama are to be performed before meditation. Since the environment one meditates in, has a great impact upon one’s meditation, it is preferable to meditate in peaceful and natural surroundings.