The most important thing when we start to practice is to have faith.
Not faith in Buddhism or a set of ideas, but faith in our own sincerity, in our sincere practice.
When we start it’s often as if everything which arises within experience is like a smoke or fog or noise; obscuring reality, choking, deafening or distracting us; and we wish rid of it.
But what we need to understand is that everything is reality, all of it. Give each thing space and see it so.
Our task is not to empty the mind, but to make it vast.