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 realizing that I could do nothing of myself, my task [as mistress of novices] became simplified. I strove to unite myself more and more to God, knowing that the rest will be added to me.
St. Therese of Lisieux
Therese recognized that her real strength came from recognizing her own powerlessness and her need for God. With Therese and Paul, pray today to recognize that in your weakness is your strength.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?