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.
If you were to understand how important this virtue [of love of neighbor] is for us you wouldn't engage in any other study.
St. Teresa of Avila
Place all of your energy on acquiring the virtue of “love of neighbor,” since this coupled with “love of God” describes the two great commands of Jesus. As you pray today, seek to live as Jesus teaches you.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?