Be careful not to intellectualize during prayer, for this can be harmful (it can be so in general but especially during prayer). Approach the Beloved Object of your prayer with your affections quite simply and as gently as you can. Naturally, every so often, your intellect may assert itself and try to apply itself; don’t waste time with this, nor waste time trying to guard against it; both courses are distractions. When you notice the distraction, be content simply to return to your acts of will [in prayer].
Saint Francis de Sales