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.
“Those who become angry over the sins of others and reprove these others angrily have set themselves up as lords of virtue. Such conduct is contrary to spiritual meekness.”
John of the Cross (DN 1.5.2)
When the woman taken in adultery was condemned by those around her, Jesus asked anyone who was without sin to throw the first stone at her; but they all walked away. Humbly acknowledge your sinfulness before God and ask for forgiveness.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?