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.
They will no longer become impatiently angry with themselves and their faults or with their neighbor's faults.
St. John of the Cross
Those souls who grow in meekness and humility of heart show a greater patience and acceptance of themselves, as well as others. In your prayer today, ask for the grace to develop this deeper meekness and humility.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?