Over time, I have learned that using force in my meditation practices does not work for me.

For me, it must be a light touch, a process of gentle habituation. 

I have a wonderful place to practice walking meditation, the circular walking track at the Bath, Maine YMCA. The track is above the gym  and a never ending series of sports and athletic practices come and go.

My mind is endlessly attracted to the activities and when I notice it has happened, I gently bring my mind back to my feed walking on the track. 

Do I make progress? Yes!

I have tried being strict with myself on this and it totally backfires. My mind rebels strongly like a bucking horse and rears up  and bolts!

So it is!