Let me share some insight I gained from Basil Pennington’s book, “Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form. 
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This is a wonderful book on centering prayer! I encourage both new and experienced centering prayer practitioners to check it out.
- What happens during centering prayer? “In Centering Prayer we go beyond thought and image, beyond the senses and the rational mind, to that center of our being where God is working a wonderful work.”
- Why should we practice centering prayer? “God made us to be his intimate friend; that is the message woven through the whole of Scripture.” Basil reminds us we enter centering prayer with no expectations. We enter centering prayer because we love God.
- Who is called to live a contemplative life style? “All are called to the intimacy of contemplative union with God, not just a chosen few.”
- What does centering prayer teach us? “It is meant to open the way to living constantly out of the center, to living out of the fullness of who we are.” Centering prayer teaches us how to live. Our silent times show us best how to live during our non silent times.
The best gift we can give is to share centering prayer with others. “If we experience in our own selves the need, the value, and the joy of being in touch with the contemplative dimension of our lives, then is it not incumbent upon us to seek to make this possible also for others? “Freely have you received, freely must you give.”
Centering prayer is not meant to be kept hidden. Share the gift of centering prayer with others!
M. Basil Pennington, Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form
M. Basil Pennington, Centered Living: The Way of Centering Prayer
M. Basil Pennington, An Invitation to Centering Prayer: Including an Introduction to Lectio Divina
 M. Basil Pennington, Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form, (Doubleday 1980)
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