Choose a mantra or ''prayer word'' such as ''God,'' ''love,'' ''Spirit,'' or ''Jesus'' to quiet the mind when distracting thoughts intrude.
Close your eyes and start reciting the mantra aloud at first, so you can listen to yourself speaking or chanting the mantra.
After a few minutes, begin to recite more quietly, whispering and finally only moving your lips to form the mantra without producing an audible sound.
Recite the mantra in your mind, repeating it mentally without moving your lips.
The dark night with its aridities and voids is the means to the knowledge of God and self.
St. John of the Cross
For John, the dark night is a special opportunity to know oneself and God more intimately since it draws us to depend totally on God as we stumble in the darkness. Pray today that you can let go of control and allow God to lead you daily
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?