Can I ever learn how to totally quiet the mind and my thoughts?

Doing the meditations where you are focused on your energy body, or using the breath will help.  One of the easiest ways is to use the Qi Gong Practice, as then you are focusing on the movements of the physical body, your energy body, the breath, and your awareness is in the moment. This helps you to come out of your thoughts and to be present in the moment. In meditation you are not trying to go somewhere else in the mind, like to a blank space, you are just wanting to bring your awareness, your consciousness into the present moment, and with what is around you, no matter what you are doing, so meditation is not just a technique, it is a state of being.

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