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.
By love and not by fear does the soul avoid committing the least voluntary fault.
St. Therese of Lisieux
Therese invites us to simply love God! Live your life compelled by that love, knowing that fear does not have a lasting impact as a motivation. As you pray today, ask to be released from any fears that keep you from loving God wholeheartedly.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?