Fear, Worry, Anxiety, Anger, Sadness

The silence of Centering Prayer is a safe place to sit with and then ever so gently let go of your often harmful emotions.

– Fear

– Worry

– Anxiety

– Loneliness

– Sadness

– Anger

– Rage

– Jealousy

You do not need to carry the weight of your emotions with you all day.

It is just too tiring!

It impacts your productivity and focus.

It hurts  your relationships with others.

Bring these emotions to your silent sit and leave them there.

I have noticed that the silence often seems to replace these emotions with:

– Inner peace

– Wisdom for daily tasks

– Excitement for life

– Confidence

– Joy

– Compassion

– Empathy

– Patience

I arise from my sit a different person than the one who entered it.

I then take these new dispositions into my daily life, relationships and tasks.

Whenever I again feel the heavy weight of these harmful emotions, all I need to do is once again enter the silence of Centering Prayer.

And let the silence heal me and soothe me.

Go Further:

Open Mind, Open Heart 20th Anniversary Edition  by Thomas Keating and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening were the first two books I read as I began my Centering Prayer practice.

Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer  by Richard Rohr

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life — A Companion Journal  by Richard Rohr

Living In God:  Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action by Nicholas Amato

Christian Meditation by James Finley


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