Rich’s First Meditation

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I am excited to share my first meditation with you! Let me briefly discuss how I got to this point. When Amos Smith’s book, “Healing the Divide”was published in March of 2013, I came across it while browsing on Amazon. I tried a sample. I could not get into it. I was just not ready for it. I put it aside but knew that perhaps in the future I would give it another try.

In the meantime, I began dabbling in silent prayer. I had heard that silence was transforming. I wanted to experience this transformation too. I would force myself to sit in silence. It was difficult! I began testing how long I could sit in silence. I started with one minute and increased it to three and even four minutes.

In the beginning of 2014, I came back to Amos’s book. Maybe I was ready for it now. I started to read it. I was ready! As I read it, I began jotting down questions. What is this Jesus Paradox that Amos is referring to and why should I care? Amos has been a long term practitioner of centering prayer. I wanted to learn more about centering prayer. Am I really a divine being and a human being?

I emailed Amos these questions. To my surprise, Amos quickly responded. I began an email dialogue with Amos. This email dialogue continued. Amos asked me to help him with the RCMR social media. In June of 2014, Amos asked me if I wanted to co author a book with him. He suggested we write a book about the Jesus Paradox. I agreed. Over the last year I have been working on our upcoming book titled, “Dynamic Unity: Historical Jesus and Cosmic Christ. As we have collaborated on this book, Amos and I have become good friends.

This has been an incredible journey for me. It is amazing to think that it all started because I decided to take a second look at Amos’ book, “Healing the Divide“. In future meditations, I hope to share my spin on the RCMR mission: Jesus Paradox, Centering Prayer, New Monasticism, Nonviolence, Christian Mysticism.

To reinterate what Amos wrote last Thursday, I will begin writing a weekly RCMR meditation now, along with Amos. My meditations will appear on Mondays and Amos’ on Thursdays. My first series of meditations will discuss centering prayer. I have been a daily practitioner since June 1, 2014. Centering prayer has changed my life. I’m excited to tell you how…

4 thoughts on “Rich’s First Meditation”

  1. Excellent, Rich. God’s blessings as you and Amos begin blogging together. May the Holy Spirit bring many wonderful things into your life and experience.

    Speaking of blogging, I’ll be changing focus in my daily blog, #matterofprayer ( I’m finishing up my month of praying through Evening Prayer on for August. I’m excited about entering into a month of centering prayer for the month of September! Yes, I have done centering prayer before, on a number of occasions. It is a bit of a stretch for me, since I usually pray with a text or reading and jump off from there. I am looking forward to what God has for me in September! @chaplaineliza

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