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.
I tried as hard as I could to keep Jesus Christ our God and our Lord, present within me, that was my prayer.
St. Teresa of Avila
Teresa of Avila opened her heart totally to the love of Jesus Christ, praying to be aware always of his loving presence in her life. How can we nurture that same openness to the presence of Christ in our hearts?
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?