The prayer of examen is an old way of praying through the movements of days. It involves taking a few deep breaths, thinking about what happened in the day, noticing where God felt especially close and especially far, and remembering the feelings that came along through the day.
It’s a way of praying that can be done for chunks of time, like a week or a month or even a year. Many people pray this prayer daily, building a life of mini examens. Over time those little prayers–noticing God here and not there, re-feeling things that we misplaced somewhere else–become a way of determining what really gives us life. They become a way for us to see the doors we need to push closed and the ones we must hurry through.