Maintaining my daily practice has proven, once again, that regular practice produces greater results. That doesn't mean I don't struggle with monkey mind or distractions. I still do. However, I have reached a point of acceptance with monkey mind and distractions. I realize that I currently have little control over my mind. All I can do is continue to bring my awareness back to my breath when I find myself engaging thoughts.
Another huge challenge is hearing distractions and not labeling them or responding to them. Although, it is difficult when a kitty has decided to join you and begins to knead his paw on my knee. Did I mention he's not declawed?
Since I meditate before going to work in the morning, I struggle with list-making. I can be quite a way down a list before I even realize I'm doing it. Uh-oh! Time to return to the sensation of breath again!
With all of the challenges, I am finding myself more and more attracted to meditation and the many benefits it offers. I have been practicing for three years now and realize this is a lifetime journey. It is one relationship I am committed to without reservation!