Quotes from the Saints
Words of Salvation:
65. When you are praying and thoughts are swarming all around you, simply choose to ignore them. The more attention you pay to them, the stronger they become. If these thoughts are sinful thoughts, repent before God for them before they enter too deeply into you.
66. Contrition is a state of the heart in which you recognize your place, where you see that before God you are nothing at all. In this state, our spirit descends deeper into the heart and becomes safe there.
67. One of the dangers in prayer is to make it a totally cerebral activity. Our motivation must be love of God Himself, not love of knowledge of Him or love of understanding of Him. Prayer must be a spiritual act, not a mental one. Concentration is not solely a mental act; all of our facilities must work together on it.
Elder Sergei of Vanves