At any moment you can choose to begin again.
Maybe you had a bad day.
Things did not go as you hoped they would.
Tomorrow you can begin again.
You can take a silent pause.
And begin again NOW.
That is why I find Centering Prayer so attractive.
It is like a reset button.
At any point during the day, I can stop what I do.
I can sit in the silence of Centering Prayer Prayer and
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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.)
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