When we start to practice meditation, we can often find that we become quickly critical of our wandering mind, wishing that we were able to practice for longer, or experience a deeper sense of calm.
In his book "Mindfulness for Beginners", Jon Kabat Zinn explains that "in every moment, the invitation is to be present with and for yourself as you are, with an attitude of openness, generosity and kindness." He urges us to adopt a non-judgmental attitude when we meditate and to try not to criticise yourself every time you don't live up to your own "self-created, usually unrealistic standards." He explains that if you "cultivate that kind of attitude toward yourself, then when you take your seat on a chair or on a meditation cushion, you can rest in awareness with ease, without having to get anywhere else, or experience anything special. Because, this moment is already special."