1. Find a quiet place and sit in a comfortable position. Try to relax your muscles.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Choose a focus word, phrase, or prayer that has special meaning to you, is firmly rooted in your belief system, or makes you feel peaceful. Some examples are 'one', 'peace', 'The Lord is my shepherd', 'Hail Mary full of grace', or 'shalom'.
4. Breathe slowly and naturally. Inhale through your nose and pause for a few seconds. Exhale through your mouth, again pausing for a few seconds. Silently say your focus word, phrase, or prayer as you exhale.
5. Don't worry about how well you are doing and don't feel bad if thoughts or feelings intrude. Simply say to yourself 'Oh well' and return to your repetition.
6. As the time comes to a close, continue to be aware of your breathing but sit quietly. Becoming aware of where you are, slowly open your eyes and get up gradually.
This technique is usually practiced for ten to 20 minutes per day, or at least three to four times a week.
If you have to keep track of the time, try using an alarm or timer set on the lowest volume, so you don't have to keep looking at your watch or clock."