I am currently finding saying the Jesus Prayer a bit of a battle. Gone are the tears and the warmth of knowing the presence of God and instead each repetition is a battle against distractions. Before, it seemed to be the odd one that slipped under my guard, which after a determined effort receded as I re-focussed on the prayer and on Jesus. Now, however, distractions seem to come in swarms and like water seeping through a cracked slate, finds it's way into the prayer leading me away from focussing on Jesus. How can I overcome this?
In her book on the Jesus Prayer in response to the question: "How fast should I say the prayer", Frederica Mathewes-Green gives this advice:
"Sometimes....you might need to say (the Prayer) very quickly, tying the end of one prayer to the beginning of the next, in order to keep a crack from opening up where other thoughts could push their way in." Worth a try.