Ronald Rolheiser, my favorite contemporary spiritual writer, advises us to “show up for prayer, and show up regularly.” Take the leap. Dip your toe. Close your eyes. Hold your breath. In so doing, we educate our intuitions concerning how we best experience God’s presence.

Everyone prays differently. When they don’t, it’s probably not their prayer they’re praying. They’re aping someone else. That’s ok. There’s no copyright on piety. But I don’t want you to feel like you’re doing it wrong.

I confess, I pray like I do everything else—I wing it.