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.
Some spiritual persons call this contemplation knowing by unknowing. For this knowledge (of God)... is produced in the possible or passive intellect.
St. John of the Cross
The heart of prayer for a person called to this depth of contemplative prayer is accessibility or receptivity – opening yourself to God’s transforming work within you. Ask for the gift of this openness in your prayer today.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?