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.
In what better way can you, when together, use your tongues than in the praises of God since we have so many reasons for praising Him?
St. Teresa of Avila
Teresa urges her community members to remember all the reasons they have for praising God when they are together in community prayer. Pray today, that whether praying alone or with a community, you will always praise God for the gifts you have received.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?