I am making my way through Centering Prayer: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God.
Within the course videos, audios and text is the below statement:
“It is simply resting in God—beyond thoughts, emotions, sensations, or any felt experience of God.”
I find it very REFRESHING to know that there is a way to pray that involves no work.
We simply sit in silence with God who loves us more than we can ever imagine.
It is like being with a friend or lover.
No words need to be said.
We just like to be with each other.
We let God do the work.
I think of it as a reverse prayer.
God knows what I need.
God prays in me the actions or non actions I need to take.
God holds me when I need to be held.
God fills me with energy for the work I need to do.
God instills me with wisdom for future tasks.
God slows me down when I need to rest.
God resets and recharges me.
Will you accept God’s invitation to a silent sit?
P.S. Need help with your practice? Contact me. I might be able to help.
Centering Prayer Course | A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God by Father Thomas Keating, Father Carl Arico, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler: In-depth training in the Christian contemplative path of prayer—a self-guided course. (40% off)
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We often embark on using a tool like the Monk Manual with hopes of making big changes. That’s great! But it’s important to remember that lasting change is often slow and requires patience. So be kind to yourself. Transformation comes from regular daily practice; small changes compounding over time.
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The Divine Transformation: Essentials of Christian Mysticism
This essential course on Christian Mysticism combines a look at practices and background, teaching and historical development of Christian Mysticism.
Part I of the course examines in-depth traditional practices of the Christian mystics, including:
- The Examen
- Centering Prayer
- Lectio Divina
- The Jesus Prayer
- Christian Meditation
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- The threefold path of Christian Mysticism
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- Integral teaching
- Perspectives from Contemporary Psychology
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