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 the measure that the fire [of the spirit of love] increases, the soul becomes aware of being attracted by the love of God and enkindled in it, without knowing how or where this attraction originates.
St. John of the Cross
John knew that as the fire increases we are literally consumed by divine love. In your prayer today, focus your mind and heart on God and God’s love alone.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?