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.
But these individuals do not find delight in the imagination wandering back and forth; rather, they are troubled about it on account of the disturbance it brings to that gratifying peace.
St. John of the Cross
Souls can be preoccupied about wanting to be peaceful in prayer, rather than attending to God who draws them nearer. As you pray today, focus on the One who loves you unconditionally and rest there.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?