The silence of Centering Prayer is a safe place to sit with and then ever so gently let go of your often harmful emotions.
You do not need to carry the weight of your emotions with you all day.
It is just too tiring!
It impacts your productivity and focus.
It hurts your relationships with others.
Bring these emotions to your silent sit and leave them there.
I have noticed that the silence often seems to replace these emotions with:
– Inner peace
– Wisdom for daily tasks
– Excitement for life
I arise from my sit a different person than the one who entered it.
I then take these new dispositions into my daily life, relationships and tasks.
Whenever I again feel the heavy weight of these harmful emotions, all I need to do is once again enter the silence of Centering Prayer.
And let the silence heal me and soothe me.
Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
Living In God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action by Nicholas Amato
Christian Meditation by James Finleytual awakening that we may be called to experience ourselves.
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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.)
Thomas Merton’s Path to the Palace of Nowhere: The Essential Guide to the Contemplative Teachings of Thomas Merton – Now James Finley, who for six years lived, prayed, and studied with Brother Louis, as Merton was known at the Abbey of Gethsemani, shares with us the gifts passed on to him by this towering figure.
The Teachings of Meister Eckhart: An Invitation to Experience God in Every Moment: The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart was the most brilliant Christian scholar of his day, but he was also legendary for the way that he opened listeners to the direct experience of God during his public talks. Today, his written wisdom remains alive as ever, ready to illuminate us. James Finley, one of today’s best-known teachers of the Christian contemplative tradition, invites us into Eckhart’s insights in the same way that this luminary teacher delighted in sharing them—through the spoken word.
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