“Nothing seems to be happening so I am going to quit.”
You begin a meditation or silent prayer practice only to quit a few weeks later.
Give it time!
You need to be in it for the long term.
When you first start to play an instrument you learn how to read music and play the notes.
One note at a time.
Soon you are playing simple songs.
So you continue to practice and hone your skills.
Day after day.
Week after week.
Month after month.
Year after year.
And now you are playing longer and more beautiful and powerful pieces.
Meditation is like this.
Meditation is an act of love for yourself and others.
Each time you sit, you slow down.
And continue to slow down.
And continue to slow down.
Eventually it becomes a place you come from.
It grounds you.
It prepares you for your daily life.
And you cannot imagine your life without it.
The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God by David Frenette
An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation by Martin Laird
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice by Cynthia Bourgeault
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