I have only been praying the rosary for a few months now and do not claim to have mastered it by any means. Why did I take years to start praying it? I am an “EX”-protestant (PRAISE GOD, I saw the light!) and so Blessed Mary was a massive ‘stone’ in my path to Jesus. I had a hard time asking others to pray for me let alone ‘asking’ (praying to) ‘Saints’.
The first part of the rosary involves saying the prayers with complete focus on what you say. To mean everything you say. A vain prayer is wasted and you must NEVER pray in vain.
Second, when you master the vocal prayer you must then master the meditative thought. You must learn to focus your thought on the miracles of the rosary. Just to learn them takes time. But then again, when you pray the rosary you are actually just praying Sacred Scripture! The rosary IS Scripture in prayer!
Third you might learn to combine them and ‘mean’ them both simultaneously. This is difficult and sometimes difficult at first. With practice you will see the improvement and joy of the rosary.
I sit in the hot-tub to get away from the noise of the house and I pray there often. I have cheat sheets I use to help when I forget the words or mysteries. I just copied some pamplets and put them in zip-lock baggies. I have a plastic rosary I keep outside too. Part of the rosary is the tactile feel of the crucifix and beads. If you have a a picture or Crucifix or statue or religious painting in your house you can also look at it. Use all your senses to focus you mind on prayer to Jesus.
I also have a rosary program for my computer. Click here to download it. I use this one in the house (with my non-waterproof rosary). This program lets you say the rosary and then read each Bible verse that supports it. You say the prayer then read the verse. Great program too.
A child must cry before it can speak. A child must crawl before it can walk. You must pray the rosary and meditate inbetween prayers at first. With practice, skill and Faith, someday you will be able to use your eyes to see religous symbols to focus on them, to feel religious symbols to focus on them, to voice your prayers and foucus on them. You will be able to use each sense to enhance your prayer and foucus your prayer-life on Jesus. Can you drive and listen to the radio? If yes, you can pray and meditate at the same time. (You don’t stop driving to singalong do you? )
If you cannot mean your prayer and focus on the medatation then slow down and do them seperately. There is no law that says you ‘have to’ do both at the same time so don’t if you can’t. Not everyone can be a mathmatician so just stop when you master the basic addition rules and be happy with it.
Jesus loves us all wether we pray the rosay or not. it is optional but with practice, will bring GR8 rewards!