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.
The soul is perhaps completely joined with God in the dwelling places very close to the center, while the mind is on the outskirts of the castle suffering from a thousand wild beasts, and meriting by this suffering.
St. Teresa of Avila
Pray today that your soul remains close to God at the center, even as your mind is filled with distractions that draw you from God.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?