There are several traditions which use some sort of tactile stimulation to help practioners be in the moment. Most notably, Buddhists have their prayer beads, and Catholics have their rosaries. As simple as these are, we can get some of the benefits of them with nothing more than hands.
There is research verifying the idea that tracking our progress by touching our thumbs to each of our finger tips is beneficial. For example, we might start with the left hand. The first time we complete a breath prayer, touch left thumb to left pointer finger. With the second completion, touch left thumb to middle finger. Then touch left thumb to ring finger, and then, with the fourth completion of the breath prayer, touch the thumb to the pinky. We can then, obviously, switch over to the right hand.
It’s such a little thing. But I notice a difference. I suppose it is partially the sensory stimulation making the thoughts more meaningful. I think it also prevents my mind from wandering and helps to track progress through the spiritual exercise.
Why don’t you give it a try today?