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.
And how delicately you captivate me and arouse my affections towards you in the sweet breathing you produce in this awakening.
St. John of the Cross
As we are awakened to God’s love, this love literally captivates us in its embrace. Lift up your heart in thanksgiving to God, as you pray today, aware that God draws you closer and entices you to a deeper commitment.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?