During my meditation I sometimes use a mantra of a sort, inhaling on a syllable and exhaling on another syllable. I do this to get me into a kind of rhythm. I use anything that comes to mind, such as inhaling on “JE” and exhaling on “SUS”.
Today I used “NO” on the inhale and “THING” on the exhale; I wanted NOTHING to come to me because I wanted to be between the thoughts in my mind. However, I found myself getting distracted by the possible meanings of NOTHING. Not wanting to Google the word, I checked the old-fashioned Merriam-Webster Dictionary. There, I still found a sizable definition for the word.