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Silent prayer is a special time. It is our time to sit with God. It is like when we sit quietly with a friend. No words need to be said.
Silent prayer is the time for us to get out of the way! We ever so gently “let go” and open to the great Presence. It can be helpful to have a special place to retreat to during silent prayer. I begin my day with silent prayer. I make my way to the basement. I sit on a couch. It is here that I start my day.
On a workday, in the early afternoon, I get up from my work desk and walk to my car. (It does not matter how busy I am.) I sit in the driver’s seat. I might crack a window or open the sunroof. I sit in silence with God.
If I am not able to take an afternoon sit, I make room for an evening sit. My evening sit is also in the basement. I will sit on the same couch as my morning sit.
I need both sits. The morning sit prepares me for the day. The afternoon or evening sit recharges me for the remainder of the day.
What happens while we sit? God acts deep, deep within us. We may not even know it. But it happens. God will do a great work within us. This work is unique and specially tailored just for you.
I leave my sit a new person! Silent prayer is not a sprint. It is a marathon. My job is to trust God each time I sit. Let God work!
I seem to recognize the fruits of God’s work during the non silent portions of the day. If I do not notice them, someone else might too.
I might be more calm and relaxed. I might have inner peace. I might find a solution to a problem I have struggled with. I might finish tasks that before I was not able to complete. I might reach out to a person who simply needs a listening ear. I might volunteer at the local soup kitchen. I might notice things I previously did not see.
I highly recommend that you take time to be silent each day. Sit with God. Open to the presence of God. God will act in you.
Centering Prayer is a silent prayer practice that can move you toward a profound relationship with the Spirit of God within. It is a way of praying that opens the door to the Divine Indwelling—the ground of our being. With Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico present the first online course in this method for deepening your intimacy with God and ultimately consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in all aspects of your life.
Enjoy my review of A Taste of Silence by Carl J. Arico
Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life by Amos Smith (Kindle is currently $6.99.)
Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart 20th Anniversary Edition
Thomas Keating, Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer
Thomas Keating, Manifesting God
David Frenette, The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God
 Carl J. Arico, A Taste of Silence: Centering Prayer And The Contemplative Journey, (Lantern Books: 2015)
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