I was a recent guest on the Pilgrim Podcast.
Lacy Carter Ellman asked me, “The title of your website is “Silence Teaches Us Who We Are.” How does silence teach us who we are and how did you come to know that to be true in your own journey?”
I would like to share my answer with you!
I start my day with a silent sit. My life spawns from my silent sits.
Centering prayer has instilled within me wonderful fruits from God: confidence, an excitement for life that I did not have before my practice, wisdom for daily tasks, inner peace, inner nudges to try new things (write a book, create this web site, teach centering prayer in the community, one on one centering prayer coaching), the ability to slow down and see things I never noticed before. I admit. I am work in progress and that is okay!
My reservoir runs empty. I need a second sit later in the day: early afternoon or in the evening.
I also need mini sits, a five minute silent sit: I am early for a doctor appointment, before an interview or presentation I need to make or to take a short break from a problem that I cannot solve. This sit calms me down and reconnects me with God who is always with me.
Silence spawns my actions during my non-silent times! Silence has taught me what God wants me to do and be during my non-silent times. Silence grounds me in God during my non-silent times.
Silent prayer reminds me that I am never alone. God is always with me. As Paul R Smith appropriately titles his book, Is Your God Big Enough Close Enough You Enough. God is an Infinite God who is beyond us: the Creator of life, love and consciousness, a God who is an intimate friend who walks beside us and a God who is within us: our True Self!
I sit in silence with Jesus so I can arise from my sits and walk with Jesus. Jesus is my daily partner during both my silent sits and my daily actions.
I will continue to sit in silence. I will continue to trust the Silence. I will try to be patient. (I have learned that God is a patient God.)
I will let Silence teach me who I am and what I need to do each and everyday!
Is Your God Big Enough Close Enough You Enough by Paul R Smith
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault
Living in God by Nicholas Amato
Moving from Stress to Joy by Nicholas Amato
Holy Silence by J Brent Bill
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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 Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion by N. T. Wright. I plan on reading Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass.
Christian Prayer Methods: Prayer is a core Christian practice, but for many, this means “saying prayers” or asking God for various favors. In this course, we will review a variety of methods of prayer that have been used for centuries in Christianity. Whether you’re a beginner who is just learning how to pray, or a more mature Christian who has been at it awhile, this course will offer specific guidance, encouragement and support for practicing several time-tested methods of prayer.
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. It is based upon her book, The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind – a New Perspective on Christ and His Message .
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.
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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.)
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.)