The late eminent psychiatrist, Dr Ainslie Meares meditation method:
- assume a position that involves a tiny bit of discomfort. A chair will do at the start.
- relax the body.
-relax the mind
- allow the relaxation to expand until it becomes all of you and you will find the mind slows down and becomes still. In mental stillness, you know you remain awake but that is pretty much it. Afterwards, you feel calmed and sometimes the calm is profound.
When you were practicing, if you thought " my mind is still", then it is not, it was thinking.
This approach is different to those that rely on focus. It involves the purist of relaxation. As those reading here know, muscular tension and relaxation are different. True relaxation is easier. This is also true when the mind relaxes and stills.
One cannot have a still mind when going about doing things outside of meditation practice. This would be a drowsy trance like state. However, one can learn to be calmer as you go about doing things, even during exercise.
You can give it a try but learning is helped by knowing the details although the process is simple. Ainslie Meares on Meditation book contains Meares set of instructions.
This approach is based on the minds own homeostatic mechanism for reduction of anxiety and tension which is natural mental rest in the still mind state. Fight or flight involves racing, unpleasant apprehensive feelings. Relaxation involves gentle easing, ungripping and slowing.