Praying was something I used to love doing. Talking to God used to calm me and make me feel instantly renewed. But when I started working and things became too busy, I just sort of lost interest. I would find myself too tired at the end of the day and would pray without real interest.
Recently though, I have started praying again. Not the perfunctory prayer that I’ve been so used to doing but the real, heart-felt kind. What changed? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s age or ironically, work. All I know is that I’m praying again and I feel good.
One of the things that helped me is the Daily Examen. It’s a technique “invented” by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founding father of the Society of Jesus, and it is described in his Spiritual Exercises. The technique is very helpful to those who have trouble concentrating. It definitely helps ground me in prayer, especially since I have such a short attention span!
For those of you who would like to try it, here’s an infographic you can use. It’s an easy-to-follow method that even non-Catholics can do.
To know more about the Daily Examen, click here. To know more about St. Ignatius, click here.