Let me share 10 Centering Prayer tips.
- The best way to start your day is with a morning silent sit.
- A second sit will refill your reservoir. Never underestimate the power of a second sit.
- Flex your sits. I now sit three times per day. Each sit is thirteen minutes. I have found this to be very helpful with the ebbs and flows of life.
- If you miss a sit, don’t beat yourself up. God’s love for you never stops. God looks forward to your next silent sit.
- During the work day, if you are able to get away, a silent sit in your car will work. I do so before lunch and in the late afternoon or right before I leave to drive home.
- At home I sometimes light a candle and then begin my sit. I blow the candle out after my sit.
- If you like to walk or ride a bike, a sit in a park where you can find some solitude is nice. I have done so in the summer months.
- After each sit, I pray with a prayer rope. You can learn more at my prayer rope post. I also like to read a few pages of a book before I get up from my sit.
- It is always nice to sit in silence in community. If there is a local centering prayer group join them for a weekly sit. Silence in community is powerful.
- You can never fail at centering prayer. You simply need to show up.
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Remember, we enter centering prayer to sit with a God. There are no expectations. We sit because we love God. However, during our non-silent times we seem to discover the fruits of this prayer. These are wonderful gifts given to us by God. I have noticed the following fruits: an inner calmness and confidence, an excitement for life, solutions to challenges I face.
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I just finished Presence and Process: A Path Toward Transformative Faith and Inclusive Community by Daniel P. Coleman and The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner. I am currently reading Intimacy with God: An Introduction To Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating.
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David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer reenergized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings. Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God is a wonderful companion audio program created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide – gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners.
I use a Prayer Rope after each Centering Prayer Sit.
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.
The early Christians, teaches the Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault, were afire with the spirit of Jesus, inspired fully by his teaching of a total transformation of consciousness. How do we reclaim that fire today? On Encountering the Wisdom Jesus, this brilliant author and dynamic Episcopalian priest presents her first full-length audio course about rediscovering the Master of Wisdom. Twelve immersive sessions cover: the parables as wisdom tools; Jesus’s teachings about kenosis (or self-emptying: a path as radical today as it was 2,000 years ago); Jesus as tantric master; Centering Prayer, an approach to meditation as Jesus lived it, and much more. (Based upon her book, The Wisdom Jesus.)
Since the time of the Desert Fathers in the third century, Finley begins, Christian mystics have practiced meditation as a way of opening to the direct presence of God in daily life. Legendary seekers such as Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Meister Eckhart explored how meditation can lead us beyond the closed horizon of the ego, to an interior and holy refuge that is always available to us. On Christian Meditation, James Finley offers a gentle introduction to this all-transforming way of life, and the ever-deepening realization of oneness with Christ it leads us to. (Based upon his book, Christian Meditation.)
Check out my review of Christian Prayer Methods by Dr. Philip St. Romain.
Prepare to be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus. Check out Simply Jesus by N. T. Wright. Enjoy an article I wrote about one of the lectures on the Beatitudes.