Any repeated prayer is “mantric.” It prays itself through your mind, intention and voice. Through the very nature of mantric prayer, the mind clears away more complex thoughts and diversions.
You join with millions through time if you choose a common mantra, such as the Hail Mary, the Lord’s Prayer, Al -Fatiha, or Hare Krishna. All are simple and pure calls to align your heart and mind with the Divine Presence.
I suggest choosing one that’s familiar and that you’re comfortable with. Say it aloud, alone, for two or three minutes. Watch your body relax and your mind release. Again, let this be a gentle discipline. Nothing forced.
If you’re moved to pray the entire Rosary, or chant Hare Krishna for fifteen minutes, by all means continue. Again, if you’re just starting out, begin with a few easily disciplined minutes. You may feel right or guided to take it further. You are free to respond to that call and continue the practice until the point of sufficiency. You’ll know.+ The Chaplain