What Is A Mini Silent Sit?

Have you ever considered a mini centering prayer session?

Let me explain.

Perhaps you arrive five to ten minutes early for your doctor appointment. You are a bit nervous. Take a five-minute sit in your car before you walk in.

You just parked your car at work. You have an important presentation to make. You are a little bit anxious. Take a five-minute sit and then head in.

You have an interview for a position that you are very excited about. A job that you want has just opened. Before you begin what might be a one or two hour interview ordeal, take a five-minute silent sit.

Lastly, you have had a long day at work. You are tired. You cannot wait to head home, decompress and just relax. Take a silent sit. Then drive home.

I do not suggest that you shorten your normal centering prayer sits. I simply recommend that you add mini centering prayer sits from time to time.

God loves to sit with you. It does not matter if it is five minutes or twenty minutes. God is delighted that you have chosen to visit with Him.

Go Further:

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening was the first book I read as I began my Centering Prayer practice. I have read it numerous times. Here is my review of it.

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

Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots by Amos Smith

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

Open Mind, Open Heart 20th Anniversary Edition  by Thomas Keating

The Path of Centering Prayer  by David Frenette


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