What do you do as you transition from your sit to getting on with your day?
Let me first talk about my morning sit. After the bell rings after 20 minutes, I usually keep my eyes closed. For now I recite a version of the Jesus Prayer. I recite aloud, “Jesus, son of God, have mercy on _______ . I will say a name. I usually say my wife, my children, my mother, my sisters, friends, people I think need prayers. I am simply praying that God be a strong presence in that particular person’s life. When I am done, I slowly open my eyes. Next, I like to read for five to ten minutes. I enjoy reading books via kindle. I might read one or two pages of the New Testament. I am currently in Mark. I will read it utilizing Lectio Divina. (I will share this method in a future meditation). I might read a few pages of a book that I am reading. I am currently “Jesus the Teacher Within” by Laurence Freeman. After I am done reading, I get up and begin my day.
My afternoon sit is similar. If it is done in my car during work, I will recite the Jesus Prayer immediately after. I then walk back to my desk and finish the day. If I sit in the evening rather than an afternoon sit, I follow the same process as I do in the morning. This is where I am at right now. I will leave it to the Spirit to guide me in the future.
I encourage you to create your own transition from your centering prayer sit to day to day life. Here are a few ideas: verbal prayer, read a book, take a walk, write. You will figure out what works best for you. Be open to the Spirit’s promptings.
My next meditation will answer the question: What are some of the fruits of your practice that you have noticed?