It wasn’t until I saw meditation as a physical state, and not an excuse to avoid thinking, that I truly made progress. The subconscious isn’t just the brain. Our emotions are embodied in our bodies as stimuli. Stress, anxiety, and concern all cause tightness in the body like our lower back, shoulders, or jaw.
When you sit down to meditate, feel where these trapped positions are; places that don’t move when you breathe and feel restricted. When you feel the pulsations of air coming to those areas, your body feels stronger. You replaced tightness with lightness. Keep doing it. Try not to see this breathing in tight spaces as a chore, but instead experience the pleasure of calming the pain in your body. The subconscious gets sharper as the body feels lighter.