Thank you! Yes this really helps. The key word for me here is “gentle”; I tend to become impatient and forget that there is no better practice ( at my level) than that of noticing I’ve gone astray and then to bring the attention back, again and again, as you say.
Any expectations of some “special experience”, or of fast improvement in the level of attention, are very confusing elements, in fact maybe the greatest distraction; I’ll try and remember this before I sit, instead of after I’ve lost my patience…
These thoughts seem simple, but they are so precious, as is all the support that comes from being able to share, here.
Much gratitude to you all!