As you're noticing, it's seeing how attention goes to these stories or images. Notice how, whatever story is playing out its never what's actually happening right now.
Yes, somehow the thought-stories seem to have an irresistible attraction even though they're not real -- but the present moment has a beauty to it that no thoughts can compare to. The challenge seems to be to keep remembering that!
That may be an illusion? A thought that 'says' this enough for it to be believed enough for it to seem true.
I can accept that's possible, and trust that this process is heading in the right direction.
We cannot 'get' no self with the mind.
That has been a hard one to accept but it's getting there!
don't force it and actually no real effort is needed. Just a little bit of focus.
The focus is happening. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but it does seem to be growing.