Ugh. I’m supposed to be meditating, but all I can think about is that looming problem, I can’t concentrate on my meditation at all!. Where is that “empty mind” that I’m supposed to access with meditation???
There is this idea out in the world that meditation is a form of concentration that brings some special sort of mental quiet, or break from thinking. While meditation does open the door to finding peacefulness, it does not come from the sort of concentration that we are used to, the one where we screw up our face and decide that something will happen, or be a certain way.
If you have an asana (yoga poses) practice then you may have experienced the practice of drishti; of softening your view in a way that takes in more visual information and helps to center you and maintain balance.