“In my attempts to teach prayer, I found people curious to learn about special techniques and gimmicks.  It’s the American way…forget cool tools.  One of our greatest teachers, St Theophan the Recluse, said the essence of prayer is to stand attentively in the presence of God and to speak and to listen. We may be sure  that God is trying to reach us.”
(Archpriest Gabriel Rochelle in pravmir.com)