Centering Prayer and the Chiropractor

What can they possibly have to do with each other?

Let me explain.

I go to a chiropractor about every two weeks.

The first ten minutes I lie on a table and a roller moves under my back.

Here is where Centering Prayer comes in.

I will practice Centering Prayer for 10 minutes while I lie on this table.

I then move to the next room where the Dr. adjusts me.

From the Dr. I move into the last and third room.

I lie on the water massage table for another 10 minutes.

I think you know where this is going…..

I practice Centering Prayer for another 10 minutes.

What is my point?

There is always a moment to find the time to include a silent sit in your day.

Be creative.

The opportunity is right in front of you if you look a little bit closer.

Go Further:

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault

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

Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form by Basil Pennington

Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr

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


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