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.
The soul sees clearly that another greater Lord than itself governs that castle. And this brings it deep devotion and humility.
St. Teresa of Avila
When a soul humbly acknowledges God as the Lord, it no longer needs to act as its own master that “governs that castle.” In your prayer today, recite, “Lord have mercy,” slowly repeating it as needed during your time of prayer.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?