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.
In all things that are offered to her [the bride], or with which she deals, she has ever before her that longing for her health, which is her beloved.
St. John of the Cross
Using wedding imagery, John invites us to see that the fulfillment of our longings – for health, for well-being, for fullness of life - is found in the beloved. In prayer today seek only your Beloved.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?