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 contemplation God teaches the soul very quietly and secretly, without its knowing how... in silence and quietude, in darkness to all sensory and natural things.
St. John of the Cross
John calls us to contemplative prayer in which we trust God alone to lead us and draw us into the mystery of love. Rest today in prayer, asking God to fill you with Love alone.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?