Hello! I'm a 23 year old college student brought here by a google query of "spirituality and philosophy". The fact that you guys also happen to be marijuana enthusiasts is a VERY welcoming bonus. As the topic suggests I'm interested in knowing when one has achieved a meditative state. Or. a better question maybe, is it possible for a person to be in a continuous meditative state, always? Let me explain why I'm having some trouble answering these questions. I had a somewhat cruddy childhood and while I was young one of the ways I dealt with anxiety was to "detach" myself from the situation. I would often focus on a distant object (or none at all) and just sort of "zone out". This became a common practice until the point where it dominated most of my thought (or lack of it). Recently I came across the concept of meditation. I love things like vivid dreaming and mind alteration (substance or not), so the idea of controlling one's state of mind was intriguing. I did some research and came to realize what a "normal mind" might be like but the idea of "constant chatter" is alien to me. Every time I try to imagine what that means I always think of some schizophrenic movie where a man goes crazy from an unending stream of voices. Obviously that isn't the case but is it typical for a person to not be able to control their thoughts? If something unpleasant comes to mind is it hard to discard it? Is there anyone else that shares this same sort of..."thoughtlesssness", so to speak.