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.
...it is good, indeed very good, to try to enter first into the room where self-knowledge is dealt with rather than fly off to other rooms.
St. Teresa of Avila
Because self-knowledge is key to transformation in Christ, Teresa invites us to stay in that room until we deal with it before moving on. Pray today that you remain open to the truth of yourself before God.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?