What is the Gift of Presence?


Part of the discipline of Centering Prayer is that, at least during the time of our prayer, we stay in the present moment.

Thomas Keating

Centering Prayer teaches us to be present to life.

We enjoy our meals and our discussion with friends, family or co workers.

We are present and fully focused on our daily tasks.

We actually listen to the person who talks to us and not plan what we will say next.

We watch and listen to our child show us how proud they are when they ride a bike for the first time.

We notice when someone needs help and we stop what we do to assist them.

We read a book or watch a movie, not plan our day or ruminate on the past.

We drink a cup of coffee on our deck and look out at the trees and blue sky.

We feel the ground on the base of our feet as we stroll through the neighborhood, smell the barbecue aromas from the neighbors’ grills, look at the new shrubs and flowers in the neighbor’s front beds or listen to the children laugh and play.

To be present is a wonderful gift.

Don’t let it pass by you unnoticed!

Go Further:

Manifesting God by Thomas Keating

Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating

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

Invitation to Love 20th Anniversary Edition: The Way of Christian Contemplation by Thomas Keating


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