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Usually during meditation, meditators complain about the monkey mind, that random thoughts come and go, and it is very hard to concentrate. This is a legit. complaint, but the real culprit is the self. That's what I have understood in my meditations. Without the sense of self or "I", these random thoughts or feelings/sensations won't bother us all that much.
This is probably why the buddha spoke of the no-self doctrine (there may be a metaphysical truth behind it but it is likewise a practical guide). This is also why J Krishnamurti encouraged his followers to observe the self rather than control thoughts.