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A Simple approach to preparing for resting in the Lord


When we prepare for resting in the Lord we need to be recollected; to recall the presence of God, and the privilege given to us to approach Him and seek His blessing of peaceful abiding in each other. Sometimes this is a little harder than others. For all sorts of reasons we can feel tense, distracted, preoccupied with responsibilities, and even disinclined to prayer. If you ever experience any of these, at least be assured that it is not a sin to be human. But having said that, it would be regrettable if we habitually allowed those things to interfere with our prayer time.

We have assembled below a very simple but effective approach to becoming calm and rested. Our purpose in offering this is to help you simply to be your true self when you come to prayer; to be fully present to God, and not focussed on other things. Adapt it as you wish.

The Hebrew Catholic approach to relaxation is to be aware of the unique person God created you to be, and let all that impedes this awareness to slip away, leaving you free to present yourself to God without pretence, without clinging to any false images, notions or other obstacles.

If you wish, appropriate music can be played to help in recollection and relaxation.

As we prepare for meditation, we quietly give a moment or two for the settling of the body, the mind and our breathing. Each of these has an important role as we recollect ourselves in preparation for entering into God’s presence.


1.    Settle in seat

•     back supported
•     arms and legs at rest

2.    Feel what is touching your:

•     head                                                                       If need be, go
•     shoulders                                                               down your body
•     back                                                                       several times
•     hands                                                                     becoming aware
•     thighs                                                                     of what each is
•     feet                                                                         touching



1.    Breathe naturally and simply be
       aware of your breathing.

2.    Breathe in naturally to 3 counts then
       breathe out slowly to 4 or 5 counts.

At “rest” exhale remainder of breath and pause a split second before repeating sequence.



1.    Continue to breathe rhythmically

2.    Listen to sounds:

       First to distant far off sounds;

       Second to nearby close sounds;

       Third to the sounds within.

Carry out this or a similar routine as suggested taking more or less time as circumstances suggest.

Then move into your meditation routine.

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