Roaming Thoughts Are Normal

Roaming thoughts are normal during Centering Prayer. 

Don’t let them  discourage you from your practice. 

Roaming thoughts are another opportunity for you to practice returning to the Present. 

Even if you must return over and over and over. 

Over time you might notice that you have less roaming thoughts during Centering Prayer. 

You seem to enter the spaces between thoughts. 

The practice of returning to the Present during Centering Prayer can be used during your non-silent times too. 

Centering Prayer is great practice for living in the present where we focus on  daily tasks or simply enjoy life! 

Go Further:

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

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

Tools Matter: Beginning the Spiritual Journey (The Matters Series) by Mary Margaret Funk

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

Holy Silence by J. Brent Bill


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