Do Your Emotions Interfere With Your Daily Tasks?

The ‘letting go’ during centering prayer is meant to be continued the rest of your day. What do I mean by this? I mean we should never attach to thoughts and emotions that are not productive. They hinder us from the accomplishment of the tasks that we need to complete each day.

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When I am worried, I let it go. When I am anxious, I let it go. When I am frustrated, I let it go. When I am afraid, I let it go. It is okay to acknowledge these emotions but they will often stop us dead in our tracks. We need to let them go so we can move on.

I realize that there are thoughts and emotions that we need to deal with. They seem to return to us. We attach who we are to them. I do not suggest to ‘let go’ means to repress them. I simply suggest that we let them go so we can move on with our day.

Later in the day we can deal with our thoughts and emotions. For example, if we are worried, anxious, frustrated or afraid, we might need to talk to a friend about our feelings. We can vent. A long walk or workout at the gym can also be helpful. These are all healthy ways to work through our emotions and thoughts. They can aid us in the healing process.

Go Further

Cynthia Bourgeault, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

Cynthia Bourgeault, The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice

David Frenette, The Path of Centering Prayer

Carl J Arico, A Taste of Silence: Centering Prayer and the Contemplative Journey


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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.

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2 thoughts on “Do Your Emotions Interfere With Your Daily Tasks?”

  1. Hi Rich , after reading your post i wondered if you’ve done any work with the welcoming prayer. This prayer was developed by Contemplative Outreach as a companion to Centering prayer.It is also referred to as “consent on the go” In the past , my letting go was always repression which assures that the negative energy is going to be recycled .With welcoming prayer i welcome God’s presence and action in whatever I’m experiencing in the moment therefore freeing that energy up for better use . Its helped me alot.

    1. Patrick – About 2 years ago I attended a full day seminar on it by the Contemplative Outreach. I had forgotten about it. Excellent idea. I must add the Welcoming Prayer to my site and perhaps do a post on it too. Thank you for reminding me about this wonderful practice! I must also incorporate it into my day too.

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