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.
The last thing I ask of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, is that you love him alone and...that you encourage one another continually in difficult moments for love of him.
St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
In your prayer today ask Jesus Christ to help you to live out the two great commandments: love God with all your heart; love your neighbor as yourself.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?