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I have done the "bell meditation" daily for awhile now.  I find it very hard so far to still the chatter in my mind whilch intrudes over and over.  I find myself obsessing about the chatter, adding yet another layer of mental noise.  I wonder if anyone has found some secrets or tricks to get more than a few seconds of open allow anything to arise.other than humdrum thoughs that occupy my mind when I'm not trying to meditate.  Fasting?  Exercise?  Prolonging the meditation?