Do you ever get distracted when meditating or praying? I'm sure it never happens to you, but I often stop and realize my thoughts have gone off on their own journey to no place in particular. I have to stop and refocus. But aren't there ways to curb our thoughts, at least a little?
Here's a great tip: Keep a notebook close by and jot down every stray thought as soon as you recognize it. Writing it down will allow your mind to release it. Then refocus on your meditation.
A great habit to adopt is to write three pages of stream-of-consciousness thoughts every day. You can do it in the morning before an early meditation to clear the mind before beginning. Or you can do it each night before bed. You'll be amazed how peaceful you sleep when wandering thoughts are first put to rest.