“I do not have time for Centering Prayer.”
I will argue you cannot afford to not take the time for Centering Prayer.
Centering Prayer has a way of giving you back time.
Centering Prayer slows you down.
It refreshes and resets you.
It teaches you patience so you know when to act and also when to take no action.
Centering Prayer helps you to discern what it is you should do and then helps you better focus while you do it.
Centering Prayer teaches you to let go of what you should not do so you can focus on what it is you need to do.
(Did you notice that the disposition of letting go during Centering Prayer is meant to be used outside of your practice too?)
When you sit and open to the presence and actions of God within, God seems to grace you with what you need for that very day.
God will help you discern what to focus on today and what to let go of today.
Let the daily silence of Centering Prayer show you the way forward.
P.S. Need help making time for Centering Prayer? Contact me. I might be able to help.
Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice by Cynthia Bourgeault
The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God by David Frenette
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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. Currently 40% off.
Practicing Spirituality with Thomas Keating: The inimitable Thomas Keating was one of the foremost teachers of contemplative practices in the Christian tradition. One of S&P’s Living Spiritual Teachers, he was a Trappist monk, a co-founder of the Centering Prayer movement, a prolific and accomplished author, the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach which has groups around the world, and a pioneer in the multifaith movement to foster understanding among the world’s religions.
Practicing Spirituality with Richard Rohr: We like to think of Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest, as a scout who goes out in front of the wagon train to explore the wilderness and report back on what is coming next. A prophetic and prolific writer, he was ahead of the pack with his use of audio and video tapes in his teaching and preaching ministry. While many contemplatives struggled to come up with creative ways to put their devotional life in sync with ethical actions, Rohr led the way with his founding of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1986. He continues to call all Christians and spiritual seekers to be active contemplatives in our world of violent conflict and moral disarray. He is profiled in S&P’s Living Spiritual Teachers Project.
After my centering prayer sit I often use my prayer bracelet.
Enjoy my latest Centering Prayer video: Some Silence Is Better Than No Silence.
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