5 things wilt our mindfulness:
- sense desire
- sleepiness & lethargy,
- restlessness & anxiety
Over time we become familiar with these 5 hindrances, and in particular, our own "likely suspects."
My 2 most common visitors are ill-will and sleepiness. Recently i spent most of a 45-minute sit lost in thoughts of unfairness (a.k.a. ill-will toward someone).
Then it's time to water the present moment with mindfulness. "Oh. This is what ill-will feels like," noticing the contraction in my left buttocks as i think the same thought over and over again.
Relax into the present moment where there is no fear and nothing to be irritated at. Really. Take a close look at that repetitious thought in the shade of your closed eyes.