Sit straight in a chair in a comfortable position.
Breathe in deeply, hold it, and exhale completely. Repeat three times.
Relax. Visualize yourself in God's presence.
Using the words of this mantra, say slowly:
Lord have mercy...
Repeat a few times.
Relax and breathe in deeply, hold it, and exhale completely.
You are simply trying to focus yourself to pay attention to your conversation.
The first and chief benefit that this dry and dark night of contemplation causes is the knowledge of self and of one's own misery.
St. John of the Cross
Although painful and challenging, this “dry and dark night…” benefits us with a greater self-knowledge and an awareness of our need for God. In your prayer today, ask for the grace of courage as you enter this purifying experience.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?