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.
[The] failure to avoid the occasions of sin is quite dangerous.
St. Teresa of Avila
For the one who is sincerely seeking God and God’s will, even the “occasions of sin” are to be avoided. Teresa warns of the danger of these people, places and things – these ‘occasions.’ Pray today to place yourself only in the presence of what leads you to God.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?