Venerable Nitho recounted his youth to us to show how trying too hard [craving] is counter productive to letting go and that this will make it more difficult to meditate. Just as Venerable tried to hard to catch an elusive blue butterfly, we often try too hard too clear our minds to meditate. We need to let go and just let it happen.
Tonight's meditation was focused on our bodies. Starting at the feet, working upward. Relaxing each area of the body helps immensely to clear the mind, shut out external distractions and simply relax.
Venerable concluded with a brief Dharma talk and Q&A.