I have trouble sitting still for long periods at a time. This, combined with a lack of understanding of how it works, is the reason I rarely meditate. I do understand how important it can be for building my presence and focus on the moment, but somehow I can't seem to resist rushing into the daily routine when I get up in the morning. Recently however, I received inspiration from a Paul Coelho book The Witch of Portobello. I realized that sometimes you have to create unusual situations if you want to behave unusually, i.e. to do something different. So yesterday, I went to our den, which I don't usually use. I made the room as dark as possible, lit a solitary candle, and focused on being aware of everything around me without thought. Since I was far from my computer and other things I associated with the morning, I was able to focus on something different, like meditating. Today I added smell, by purifying the room with a sage smudge stick, and it worked even better!