Pay attention to the words: “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.”
When the prayer is said orally for a long period of time, the nous (mind) becomes accustomed to it and eventually takes up saying it. Then it becomes sweet to you as if you had honey in your mouth, and you want to keep saying it all the time.
If you stop it, you feel greatly distressed.
When the nous (mind) gets used to it and has taken its fill – when it has learned it well – then it sends it to the heart.
– Elder Joseph the Hesychast, of blessed memory
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