Who am I?
You best express who you are when you do the things that make you feel alive.
These things are usually outside of your comfort zone.
You stretch and push and challenge yourself until you finally arrive.
However, the truth is you never fully arrive because who you are is not an end point but a wonderful journey.
Who you are usually involves helping and serving others.
Who you are is not a selfish endeavor but rather a selfless one.
Who you are is often best discovered when you balance action with silence.
When you take action you gain clarity.
When you rest and become silent you give your inner wisdom a chance to emerge and express itself.
Centering Prayer is a wonderful practice that will gently nudge this inner wisdom into much needed action.
Centering Prayer helps me discern my daily actions.
Silence teaches me who I am.
Silence will teach you who you are.
Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation by Phileena Heuertz
The Naked Now by Richard Rohr
An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation by Martin Laird
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Silence and the Spiritual Journey by Contemplative Outreach: The purpose of our historical lifetime is to provide us with space for the upward journey of evolution into vertical time and our assimilation of the eternal values that Christ brought into the world. This journey consists of everything from great touches of God (consolations) to the Dark Nights.
Lectio Divina Heart to Heart – Listening and Living with God by Contemplative Outreach: The ancient practice of praying the Scriptures is being rediscovered and renewed in our time. Known as Lectio Divina (Divine Reading), it is one of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer.
David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer re-energized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings. This companion audio program—created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide—gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations.
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.
Contemplative Practices: 5 Ways of Consenting to the Divine – Learn methods practiced by Christian mystics for centuries to consent to the action and presence of God within, including Centering Prayer, The Examen, Lectio Divina, Christian Meditation, and the Jesus Prayer.
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- facilitate healing of spiritual wounds
- minister to others more effectively
- share your testimonies of how God has worked in your life
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