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.
Our faith is so dead that we desire what we see more than what faith tells us.
St. Teresa of Avila
Bemoaning the lack of faith of those called to follow Jesus, Teresa speaks of a faith that is “dead” because it desires only what is seen. As you pray today, ask to believe in God who fulfills all that you desire and let go of all that is seen and demonstrable.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?