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!