I bet you did not know this about me.
When I first started to practice silence it was painful.
I had heard that silence will transform you.
So, I began to sit in silence.
It was brutal!
I set a timer and sat for 1-3 minutes and dreaded it.
I did not know what to do in the silence.
I just knew it will change me.
I then came across Centering Prayer.
I discovered a container for the silence.
I have not looked back.
As much as possible I try to practice centering prayer twice per day.
My first sit in the morning prepares me for the day!
My second sit later in the day recharges and refreshes me.
I need both sits!
They make me whole!
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault
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