Centering Prayer Tip: Start Your Day With A Morning Sit

The best way to start your day is with a morning silent sit.

During the work week, I set my alarm 20 minutes early.  I head to the basement where I sit on a couch for my first centering prayer sit.

Often, I light a candle, set my sit time for 20 minutes on the iPhone application and then begin my sit.

I use the Contemplative Outreach Centering Prayer App that is compatible with the iPhone.  I love it because it has an opening prayer and beginning and ending sound choices.  You can select the sounds that will suit you best.

On the weekend I do not set my alarm.  I take my sit after I awake.

I have found that this is a wonderful way to start my day!  God and I partner to begin our day.  Sometimes I awake anxious and think about the tasks I need to accomplish this day.

I am always amazed by how calm, excited and energized I feel after this sit.  I am ready for the day!

I encourage you to sit first thing in the morning too.

Let me know how it goes.

Go Further:

David Frenette, The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God

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

Cynthia Bourgealt, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

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

Amos Smith, Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life


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