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.
...a person obtains in this night these four benefits: the delight of peace; a habitual remembrance of God, and solicitude concerning him; cleanness and purity of soul; and the practice of virtue.
St. John of the Cross
“Night” brings the soul gifts that prepare the soul for eternal union with the Beloved. Pray today for acceptance of the “night” and with gratitude for the gift of relationship with the Beloved.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?