Breathe in deeply, hold it, and exhale completely. Repeat three times.
Relax. Visualize yourself in God's presence.
What does that feel like? Look like?
Is it an image of peace? Is it an image of anger? Conflict? Love?
Using the words of this mantra, say slowly: ''maranatha'' which is the oldest Christian prayer (it means 'come, Lord'), in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, used by St Paul at the end of the First Letter to the Corinthians (16:22) and found in the earliest Christian liturgies. Repeat the mantra slowly to yourself for as long as it takes to put yourself in a prayerful state.
However enclosed you are, never think that the good or evil you do will remain a secret.
St. Teresa of Avila
There is no hiding from God, for those called to a life of contemplative prayer. We are reminded in Psalm 139 that God knew us before we were in our mother's womb and that there is no way to escape God, who created us and called us by name. Thank God for this grace!
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?