The discipline of centering prayer is self-emptying, self-sacrificing, letting go of the limited sense of self that is separate from God, from others, and from all life. 
– David Frenette
Each time I sit in silence, I self-empty. I forget who I think I am. I am no longer a father, a husband, a co-worker, an employee with clients, a son, a friend of others, a person who has tasks that need to get done today.
this post may contain affiliate links
I let go of who I think I am today or need to be. I let go of what I need to do today. I let go of what I think I need to do today. I let go of my anxieties, concerns and worries just for this short time while I silently sit. None of this is important.
These anxieties, concerns, identities, tasks, and worries are barriers. They often make me feel that I am separate from God, from others, from life. They overwhelm me. I feel alone. I freeze.
Once I have let them go, I can just be. I can just be with God. When my mind wanders during centering prayer, I use my sacred icon to ever so gently return to the state when I can just be with God.
God wants to sit with me. God is delighted that I sit. God loves me. I love God. We are two friends who quietly sit with each other. No words need to be said. It is sometimes nice to just be. It is nice to just sit with life and with my God.
Eventually, I no longer need to use my sacred icon. I find the space between my thoughts increases. Of course, I know this only after my sit is over and the closing bell has rung. What happens during this time?
When my sit is over, I arise a new person. I am refreshed. I am calm. I am full of energy that will be used for the day’s tasks. I am excited and full of life. I am reconnected with God. God and I are partners during my silent sit. God and I continue to be partners during the non-silent parts of my day.
I no longer feel alone. I am connected to God, my daily partner. I feel connected to others. I need this connection with others. They need me and I need them. I feel connected to life and all that life offers. I see things that before I did not notice.
Centering prayer is my daily portal to the Divine. I leave my baggage at its door. I walk through its door so I can reconnect with God, with others and with life.
How do you feel after each silent sit? Please feel free to share your experience.
If you enjoyed reading this post, please recommend and share it to help others find it.
 David Frenette, The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God, ( Sounds True ): 2012
Save 15% on All Orders at Open Mike’s Coffee , Use code SHAKE15
I am currently taking on clients for Centering Prayer One on One Coaching sessions. I am happy to setup weekly, bi-weekly or monthly sessions with you over the phone or skype to help you go deeper into your centering prayer practice and integrate it into your daily life. Contact me for more information. The first session is 1/2 off.
Learn how I use my prayer bracelet.
Our friends at Contemplative Light are offering Contemplative Practices. This course examines in-depth traditional practices of the Christian mystics, including: The Examen, Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, The Jesus Prayer and Christian Meditation.
Contemplative Perspectives: Frameworks for the Divine: With the historic practice of The Jesus Prayer as a jumping off point, we explore the experiential aspects of the Purgation/Illumination/Union path of Christian Mysticism.
I am currently reading The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind – a New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault and Contemplative Living: An Invitation to a Deepening Journey by .
The Way of the Wisdom Jesus: Going Beyond the Mind to the Heart of His Teaching – If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. In this online course, Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader Cynthia Bourgeault serves as a masterful guide to Jesus’s vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teaching for yourself. Based upon her book The Wisdom Jesus.
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. It is based on his book Simply Jesus. Enjoy an article I wrote about one of the lectures on the Beatitudes.
This course is a short course based on Prof. N.T. Wright’s latest book, Simply Good News. Tom Wright will guide you through the chapters of his book through videos that suggest what some of the main points are. You will instantly get into the heart of the idea of ‘good news’ as it was understood by the 1st Century writers of the New Testament. You will be brought into their world in order to make more sense of what ‘good news’ means in our world.
Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks – This is a great way to listen to books with your cell phone while you drive, walk or relax at home. I frequently listen in my car during my commute to and from work. I’m a proud affiliate.
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.
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.
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.)