We exist so often on the surface of things, satisfied with so little. The brain is forever active, making sense of what we experience. In a sense it is sorting out information. But the imagination is a different thing. That is why we must try gently to bring it into a state of control. A quiet and compassionate mind brings with it simplicity and clarity to see beyond the surface. To live this way gives the soul the space to receive the warmth and flame of the Holy Spirit. Distractions in prayer do not mean that we not praying deeply. Like a good parent who gives a child a toy, we give the mind something to occupy it when it is restless. Try saying a short prayer like the Our Father or Hail Mary as slowly as you can, and this will bring you again into calmer waters. The Holy Spirit prays in us, and whether it is by word or in silence, it is the same Spirit praying in us. He is really touching different strings of the same instrument. And do not be discouraged that you do not feel anything at the time, but whether afterwards you feel better and more determined to serve God. We are on the same journey together. It is a great adventure, to be led by the hand of the Lord.