Is Centering Prayer A Selfish Practice?


“I’m struggling with feeling, during my centering prayer time, that focusing  solely on God and me is selfish.”

Is Centering Prayer a selfish practice?

We sit in silence with God who loves us. 

God is delighted that we have decided to sit. 

God prays in us the actions we are to take during our non silent times. 

God purifies us during our silent sit. 

Silent prayer removes all the emotional junk that we store in our bodies. 

When we remove this junk we are able to expend this energy on acts of love, compassion and service. 

Is Centering Prayer a selfish practice?

The answer is no!

It frees us to love and serve others.

Centering Prayer is an act of love for God. 

Centering Prayer is an act of love for ourselves. 

Centering Prayer is an act of love for others because it prepares and frees us to love and serve others.

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.

The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice  by Cynthia Bourgeault

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

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

Christian Meditation by James Finley


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