Most of us are busy with families, jobs, and other temporal concerns that occupy our attention for the better part of the day. Even if we start our day with prayer, it can be difficult to concentrate on spiritual matters without the mind wandering to worldly concerns.
One way of addressing this is what the spiritual masters call “remote preparation,” which can take different forms, such as calling the Lord to mind at different points in the day, or performing mortifications such as fasting, or doing works of charity. But this, too, can be difficult when we are (rightly, to some extent) occupied with the things of the world.
How do you prepare yourself for your prayer time? This is not an exhortation, I am really asking for input and ideas for my own benefit.