I used to believe that I entered Centering Prayer to be filled with God.
I now know that this is no longer true.
I do not need to be filled with God.
God never stopped being in me.
Centering prayer is a place I come from.
Centering prayer teaches me who I am.
I am unconditionally loved by God!
Centering prayer teaches me how to live.
I live connected to the Divine within.
To sit in silence is an act of love.
It teaches me to how to love God, love others and even love myself.
I need the balance of all three.
They make me whole.
Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation by Phileena Heuertz
Christian Meditation by James Finley
The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred by Christine Valters Paintner
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I am currently reading An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom: A Little Guide to Mystery, Spirit, and Compassion by Carl McColman.
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