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.
Instead of becoming discouraged, I say to myself, "The good God does not inspire us with desires that could not be realized. Therefore, in spite of my lowliness, I can aspire to sanctity."
St. Therese of Lisieux
God plants within our hearts the desire to “aspire to sanctity,” to live a loving, holy life in God’s presence. In your prayer today, seek your God alone, acknowledging your lowliness and unworthiness.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?