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 remains, in consequence [in this contemplation], as though ignorant of all things since it only knows God without knowing how it knows him.
St. John of the Cross
Lost in the mystery of God’s love, the contemplative soul rests in God, without analysis and judgment, and is accessible to God’s gifts. As you pray today, allow yourself to be swept up into the mystery of God’s love.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?