Steve, I love the concept of the tiger, what a great way to encourage focus and imagery!
FWIW, I wanted to share this from an article in ODE magazine about silence...which I thought relevant to the topic at hand:
below is quote of author talking about meditation and how hard it was for him 20 yrs ago...I really like his concept of the eye of the storm..sorta like life sometimes...
Back then, try as I might, I couldn't settle my mind. Now, I know it's nearly impossible- - and I know it isn't necessary. The mind settles by itself if there's someone willing to listen. As soon as all those voices in your head are truly heard, they stop yammering. That's simply how voices are. It works the same with us: as long as we have the feeling that no one has heard us, we keep repeating ourselves until someone listens.
Meditation is another word for listening. The word "meditation" literally comes from two Latin words: medio, which means "centre", and sto, "to stand." So meditation means "to stand in the centre." When you're at the centre of your own realm of thought, you're in the eye of the storm - - the only place of calm. It's an accomplishment to get there and stay there. It's the accomplishment of not being carried away by the storm of emotions, images, desires, judgements, thoughts, habits.
If you can stand in the eye of the storm and observe all those voices from a distance, you can give them your full attention - - with no fear of losing yourself. If all the voices (yours and those of others) are allowed, life istelf will flow through you.