Richard Rohr reminds us, “To be a Christian is to objectively know that we share the same identity that Jesus enjoyed as both human and divine, which is what it means to “follow” him.”
I follow Jesus when I remember that I am both human and divine. My humanity is an expression of my divinity. My divinity allows my humanity to live and thrive.
How do I live and thrive from my divinity? My silent prayer practice teaches me how to live. The path I have chosen is centering prayer.
During silent prayer I connect to the Spirit of God within. Together we sit. No words need to be spoken. I like to sit first thing in the morning. It is the best way to begin the day. I sit again in the early afternoon. My actions in life spring forth from this connection.
During the day I also need to pause. Sometimes I take a short, silent pause. Other times I pray verbally and then take a silent pause.
Centering prayer and silent pauses reconnect me to my inner Spirit. My inner Spirit is the seed from which my human actions sprout. Centering prayer and silent pauses water my inner Spirit.
As I water the inner Spirit its roots grow deep. My human actions rely on these deep roots. The roots will die without daily watering. My daily watering is silent prayer and silent pauses. Silent prayer nourishes my roots. It keeps them alive, healthy and vibrant!
Silent prayer and human actions need each other! They balance me! I need both. They make me whole. I need my inner divinity to be human. My inner divinity relies on my human actions for their expression.
I agree with Richard Rohr! I will continue to practice centering prayer and silent pauses. My inner divinity and humanity need this time to sit quietly together.
My inner divinity and humanity arise from the silence united and ready for action. This is how I follow Jesus.
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See by Richard Rohr
Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
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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.
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.
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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.
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.)