Having meditated without missing a day for many months now I think that I can say that this is a consistent habit. Mind you, Buddha I am not. Instead of the stillness I'm trying to achieve my brain is still whirring. I bring my attention back then whoa! it's off again in all sorts of different directions, too many to mention.
Even though I'm a crap meditator in one sense I have come to believe that maybe it is the establishment of the regular habit that it is the more important discipline to achieve than expecting my mind to be perfectly still. For in spite of this when sitting (or lying in bed when it's chilly!) the practice seems to be doing me good. My anxiety levels continue to diminish and I am in tune with the world around me more of the time.
One of the ideas that grab me is that, with a still mind, there is room for more profound insights to be revealed. I wonder if what happened yesterday fits that category. I was way more preoccupied than usual. Something has been troubling me and thoughts about my dilemma wouldn't go away during my sitting session. But suddenly I got the impulse to sort it out immediately. So I stopped the navel gazing prematurely and fired off an email. It did the trick. I've barely thought about my conundrum since.
I have decided that there are two things to do with things that make me worried, despondent or angry. If I can take action I will but otherwise I distract myself from thinking about them by moving my thoughts to something more productive. Rumination and catastrophising are no longer valid options!