I think at the beginning, when starting off, you will still experience random thoughts. Even when your experienced, you will still get random thoughts but the difference being that you can choose which thoughts you surf on
Yesterday, I was in the car, I did not want to say something, so I didn't. Before the meditation, I had to speak whatever came to my mind, I was speaking all the time to my father. Now I told my father, have you noticed that I am much quieter since I have started to meditate.
That to me, is pretty powerful. Being able to control my mind, so if I don't want to say something that comes to my mind, then I don't.
Not only that, this makes me a good listener. I have spoken to a couple of meditators over the phone, and I have noticed they don't interpret me when I speak, and when they reply to me, they wait for a while before they speak.
My father was speaking to a relative yesterday on the phone while sitting on the computer chair. I wanted to download a piece of software on my computer. Before the meditation, I would asked my father to remove himself from the computer chair and sit on the sofa. I would had this horrible 'hurry up feeling'. It was a unbearable negative emotion. But this time, I said I am going allow my father to finish talking on the phone and then ask him to move. It worked, and I had no horrible hurry up feeling with this. It was a very pleasant happy feeling in it's place. They say patience is a virtue, and meditation has certainly given me that.
Choosing a thought - Patience in saying buy a new fridge.
I was about to talk about having a new quieter mini 20 litre fridge while my father was driving the car. But with meditation I was able to wait till I got back home and then talk about it. Before the meditation, I would have just have blabbed my mouth and talked about things without waiting. This could have distracted my father while he was driving the car and we could have ended up with a car accident.
Patience: Father eating dinner - delayed talking till later.
My father was eating his dinner now, and I was just going to talk about something to him, but I was able to stop my self. That thought and feeling of wanting to talk to him was gone. I was able to hold it off till later. Before the meditation I would have interrupted my father and distracted him while he was trying to eat his dinner. Isn't meditation wonderful.