Force and flow.
Centering Prayer teaches us to let go.
We go with the flow.
We do not need to force things.
That is just too tiring.
It does not mean we do not work hard.
It does not mean we do not set goals.
It does not mean we do not accomplish things.
It does not mean we let others walk all over us and tell us what we must do.
We are still in charge of our lives.
It just means we learn to get into a flow.
This flow seems more natural and life giving.
We listen to what life tells us and we act accordingly.
We flow with life.
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