I wish to open a discussion on the more practical elements of devotional work. The fact of the matter is, we are creatures of habit and few of us are exempt from the trappings of a wandering mind. That being said, I hope to open up a forum in which we can all discuss the problems surrounding "single-mindedness" and its application in prayer/contemplation/liturgical work, irrespective of religion or lineage. I understand this is an Orthodox website, so it will naturally be populated with questions and observeances tethered to that faith - but the central purpose of this thread is to address topics such as:
What distractions present themselves when you engage in devotional work (prayer,communion, ritual, meditiation) ?
How do you attempt to overcome or prevent these distractions?
Do you feel you've made progress, in the sense of concentration, since you first began practicing/converted?
By no means is this meant to be a linear conversation, but we should avoid dwelling too long on individual statements made by others. We don't need 6 pages of protest in response to a single misinformed post. It should be an advice thread, or at least something like it.