During the release step you place your palms down. This is a symbol of your release to God. You verbally or internally release to God whatever it is that you feel you need to at this time. For example, you might release worry, anger, loneliness, depression, anxiety. It will be very specific to exactly how you are feeling at this very moment. These are things you need to get off your chest.
After the release step, you quietly pause for as long as needed before moving onto step two. Step two is the receive process. You symbolize this step by placing your palms up. You are signaling to God that you are open to receive whatever it is that the Divine wants to bring to you. Verbally or internally you ask God to bring you the Divine’s love, wisdom, strength, empathy, confidence, compassion. It is an open posture to receiving whatever it is that you think and more importantly what God thinks you need at this very moment.
At the conclusion of the receive step, you move into step three. Step three is rest. You do nothing more than sit with God. You are in God’s presence. You are a child of God. God loves you. Feel free to sit in silence for as long as the spirit moves you.
Let the spirit move you to practice centering down when you feel the need. It can also be practiced in community. Prayer in community is powerful. Centering down is a beautiful practice that leads one into contemplative prayer, resting in the pure presence of God.