Centering our thoughts on a mantric phrase creates in us a deeper devotion to the sacred self. It makes us more aware, more watchful, because we are not rehashing fears, worries, or other negative thought patterns. God, then, is truly able to be our partner. God is with us more profoundly in our thoughts, and we direct our lives more harmoniously through the guidance of the Spirit.

Maria Jaoudi, Christian Mysticism East and West