I Want to Integrate my Centering Prayer with my Life


“I want to integrate my Centering Prayer with my life.”

How do you do that?

For starters, you make a decision to practice Centering Prayer.


Better yet, twice per day.

You KEEP at it.

Even if you do not want to practice, you do it anyhow.

Remember, during Centering Prayer we open to the PRESENCE and ACTIONS of God within.

We let go of our agenda and sit with God.

Over time as you continue to practice, Centering Prayer seems to integrate with your life.


Others notice you are more calm.

Others notice a new light in your eye.

Others notice that you just seem to have something they want and do not have.

Others enjoy being in your presence.

You notice an inner calm.

You notice you are better able to discern what actions you need to take and those you can let go of.

You notice an excitement for life that you did not have before.

You notice you are more tolerant of people that you previously were not.

You notice you are more accepting of the present moment and what it entails.

If you keep at your practice, it will integrate itself into your life.

That is how it works!

Go Further:

An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation by Martin Laird

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

Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation by Phileena Heuertz

Jesus the Teacher Within by Laurence Freeman

The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard Rohr



Enjoy my past review of The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault.

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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.

Centering Prayer Course:  A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God – Centering Prayer is a silent prayer practice that can move you toward a profound relationship with the Spirit of God within. It is a way of praying that opens the door to the Divine Indwelling—the ground of our being. With Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico present the first online course in this method for deepening your intimacy with God and ultimately consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in all aspects of your life.

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