God just is—without any limitation. And the way to connect with this “Is-ness” is to just be, too.
This is what my Centering Prayer practice does.
It teaches me how to just be during my non Centering Prayer times.
It is sometimes nice to just be.
What does this mean?
It means I will enjoy, listen and be more present when I am with my significant other, my children, my grandchild, and friends.
I will be more present and focused when I perform my tasks at work.
I will actually notice and enjoy the blue sky, the bright sun or the birds in the air.
I can be more present when I wash the dishes or eat a meal.
I will be more present to life and enjoy and see things I previously never noticed.
Do you want to be more present?
Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating
Open Mind, Open Heart 20th Anniversary Edition by Thomas Keating
Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation by Phileena Heuertz
Centering Prayer Course: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God – 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.
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