Jesus Prayer with a prayer rope was most effective. It wasn’t just repetition; really had to think about it and feel through the process.
It’s a cloth knotted rope, hand made by some monks somewhere I think.
The man who is dying that I posted about earlier, had said this about the Jesus Prayer:
‘There are no fixed rules for those who pray, “the way there is no mechanical, physical or mental technique which can force God to show his presence” (Metropolitan Kallistos Ware)’
So, can’t force it. But these are techniques that can help one be in a decent enough state to receive as it were.
I learned it as a medicinal thing; a way of shedding aspects of self that really don’t belong, and I’d notice a change after a time. I’m sure there’s a psychological thing, Probably “in the Zone” kind of thing, sort of how I’d get at the piano when playing for a while yet distinctively its own state.