Do you have expectations of meditation? Do you want to analyse how well you're progressing? We advise that you abandon this approach, together with any idea of making a particular meditation session 'successful'! Constantly checking whether or not your expectations have been fulfilled simply leads to new thoughts that cloud any new understanding of your mind. Meditation helps you to be present, and shouldn't be the cause of introducing new questioning voices.
Come back to your original motivation. If this is internal, simply note your level of conscious presence during each session, because it's hard to assess your own mind when it's trying to assess itself. If your motivation was external or associated with your relationships with your nearest and dearest, how can you evaluate any changes? Perhaps you can ask them? Explain the process you have entered into so that they can help you retain your calmness or serenity when you interact with them.
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