At any moment you can choose to begin again.
Maybe you had a bad day.
Things did not go as you hoped they would.
Tomorrow you can begin again.
You can take a silent pause.
And begin again NOW.
That is why I find Centering Prayer so attractive.
It is like a reset button.
At any point during the day, I can stop what I do.
I can sit in the silence of Centering Prayer Prayer and
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