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.
“All the things of God made me happy, yet those of the world held me bound.”
– Saint Teresa of Avila
What material things hold me bound?
What activities hold me bound?
Winning every argument?
What holds you back in your relationship with God?
Imagine God lovingly cutting away each of those ropes,
leaving you feeling light and free.
Breathe in deeply. Exhale. Repeat.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?