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.
A person likes to remain alone in loving awareness of God, without particular considerations in interior peace and quiet and repose.
St. John of the Cross
As the soul enters deeply into contemplative prayer, the soul is led to rest in God’s embrace. As you pray today, ask for the grace to “remain alone in loving awareness of God,” in “interior peace, quiet and repose.”
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?