There’s a brief description of this exercise here.
My meditation practice lately has been very up and down. Sometimes I’ve felt a wonderful sense of clarity; more often I’ve really struggled to keep focused.
Today provided an interesting comparison. In my normal morning session of meditation I felt that the latter was true — my mind simply wouldn’t sit still for more than a few seconds. But when I came back for a second session that afternoon, I used a YouTube video to help me stay on track and was surprised by the difference it made. Not only did I feel much more focused, but I had one of the insights that make this meditation practice worth it — a strong sense of the “Should” that constantly oversees my actions and lets me know what obligations I’m not meeting. Even better, just for a few moments I had the sense of being able to step away from that “Should.”
Perhaps when my mind seems like a squirrel on speed I should take the hint and let someone else talk me through the meditation that morning.