I'm curious what some of you think about this issue, which I know is not unique to me, though I fear it is often excessive in my case.
I often have a very hard time maintaining anything like focus during prayer, especially during longer prayers, like preparation for Holy Communion. My mind wanders a LOT, I think of other things, think about how I shouldn't think of other things, think of them more, feel bad about it more, think about how my back hurts (I do have some fairly significant back issues...), in a couple different places, how long this is taking, and then realize I haven't digested the last page I read, and get more frustrated, etc.
This isn't always, but when it happens, I hate it. I yearn to be able to obtain a much deeper level of prayer, or at least to consistently be very engaged in all of my prayers. Any thoughts from people who have struggled with this?
In Christ, Jim