Yes, I should probably continue to read about it. Sorry if I offended.
There's no offense. I just figured that you might have read a bit and then stopped because of your issue with mystism. But, if you read the saints' writings, they always talk about guarding the heart and the virtues of stillness and prayer. But, of course, this strict form of prayer is only for some who can take it, in the monastery. Personally, I say the Jesus Prayer when I'm going to work or other places (by bus). It keeps my mind focused on Christ and I say it with my heart and think about my sins (sometimes I'll remember a sin I need to confess and write it down for when I see my priest). This keeps me from thinking about useless things. Or I'll say the shorter version in Greek, Kyrio Eleison.
And although it is a simple sentence and we repeat it, it's repeated in order to focus our minds with our hearts, but still be conscious
of where we are. If it were a trance, I would have been hit by a bus or car a long time ago.
People would ask: where is Joasia? Oh, I heard she fell into a trance while saying the Jesus Prayer and got hit by a bus. Splat!!