Today I will review Step 4:
At the end of the centering prayer session, remain in silence for a minute or two before you resume your daily activities.
After my closing bell has rung I wait before I begin my daily tasks. (I say this because as much as possible my morning sit is the first thing I do to begin my day.)
Let me share some of the things I like to do after my morning or afternoon sits that help me transition to my non-silent parts of the day:
- After each silent sit I often use my prayer rope. (Enjoy my post that discusses how I utilize a prayer rope.) I love the combination of prayer and action. Sometimes I sit. Other times I walk in a circle as I pray with my prayer rope. Here is a beautiful piece about the Jesus Prayer by Clint Sabom.
- I might read a small Bible passage via Lectio Divina. Lectio is a wonderful way to read the Bible because you let God speak to you. Check out my book review that discusses Lectio Divina.
- I might read a few pages of a book.
- Perhaps I have a few thoughts or goals I want to share with God. I will often type them in my journal.
- Verbally I thank God for the wonderful events that have occurred over the past day.
- Lastly, I will pose a question or two to God. I then wait for the answer to appear over the next few days.
What do you do to transition from your sit to your non-silent day?
Next week I will conclude this series and provide some Centering Prayer Next Steps.
I hope you will continue to join me next week.
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