We consent to the presence and actions of God within during Centering Prayer.
Why is this important?
God patiently wishes to direct and guide our lives.
Perhaps the Spirit nudges us to:
Be more open to what life presents.
Enjoy this moment.
Begin a new career.
Expand your comfort zone.
Commit to a relationship.
Spend more time with loved ones.
Stop being so hard on yourself.
Take on a new task at work.
Try a new hobby.
Visit a new town.
You fill in the ________.
Centering Prayer seems to open us to life.
It fills us with life and all it has to offer.
Sometimes we need to patiently wait and take in this precious moment.
Other times we need to move forward in faith.
Let the silence of Centering Prayer show you the way forward.
Becoming an Ordinary Mystic: Spirituality for the Rest of Us by Albert Haase, OFM
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice by Cynthia Bourgeault
Christian Meditation by James Finley
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