In meditation, we label our distracting thoughts. We have several systems available to us:
- We can label thoughts simply by naming them "past" or "future."
- We can label thoughts with words such as "planning," "worrying," "dreaming," etc.
- We can use the 5 Hindrances as a forced-choice exercise. By sorting every thought into one of these 5 categories, we gain insight into what, in particular, hinders our meditation.
lethargy & sleepiness
restlessness & worry
Labeling thoughts increases our mindfulness. Labeling plants helps the recipient to know what plants they are receiving.