One student asks, how do you quiet the “monkey mind”?
The answer: Give it a banana! When you give a monkey a banana it will sit still, calm down and eat it. The banana is representative of the focal point we use to during meditation. Give the mind something to focus on and it will calm down and become more centered. Diligent practice results in a more disciplined, still and controlled mind.
An excellent precursor to meditation that helps to develop focus is to first learn the Concentration Exercise. For more details on learning to meditate be sure to check out this article on How to Meditate.