Life moves fast!
Are you sleepwalking through life?
Are you living life or letting life live you?
Do you feel like you just go through the motions day after day after day?
That is why I practice Centering Prayer.
Centering Prayer slows me down.
It connects me to God.
It allows me to enjoy the present moment.
It helps me see what my life tells me.
I can react accordingly.
My life seems to spawn from my silent sits.
I no longer just go through the motions.
I live life with purpose.
My silent sits ground me and are a strong base from which I operate.
Open Mind, Open Heart 20th Anniversary Edition by Thomas Keating and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault were the first two books I read as I began my Centering Prayer practice.
An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation by Martin Laird
Jesus the Teacher Within by Laurence Freeman
Moving from Stress to Joy by Nicholas Amato
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Contemplative Light offers courses on contemplative practices (Christian Meditation, Centering Prayer, The Examen, Lectio Divina, The Jesus Prayer), the Christian mystics (ancient and current) and spiritual writing. Peruse their wonderful offerings.
Silence and the Spiritual Journey by Contemplative Outreach: The purpose of our historical lifetime is to provide us with space for the upward journey of evolution into vertical time and our assimilation of the eternal values that Christ brought into the world. This journey consists of everything from great touches of God (consolations) to the Dark Nights.
Lectio Divina Heart to Heart – Listening and Living with God by Contemplative Outreach: The ancient practice of praying the Scriptures is being rediscovered and renewed in our time. Known as Lectio Divina (Divine Reading), it is one of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer.
The Gift of Life by Thomas Keating, Mary Anne Best, Susan Rush: This course will explore the gift of life in all its phases, even those of diminishment and death, as phrases of evolution and transformation in and through Christ. It is based on the recent DVD series with Fr. Thomas Keating, The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living.
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