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.
“You will not arrive at what you desire by your own path, or even by high contemplation, but only through a great humility and a surrender of the heart.”
Therese of Lisieux (FGM2)
“…whoever does not receive the kingdom of heaven like a little child will never enter it.” (Mk. 10:15)
Pray for ‘great humility and a surrender of the heart’ that Therese urges us to acquire.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?