What Are Your Centering Prayer Bookends?


What are your Centering Prayer bookends?

Let me explain.

First, I will say the most important thing is to do the practice.

When you do it, it has a way of doing you:)

Now back to the bookends.

I like to give my practice some structure.

Before I begin my sit I like to read my affirmations.

These are statements about my family, personal and career life that are important to me.

Many of them are dreams and goals.

I like to read them to God.

Of course I let them go as I begin my sit.

And open to the presence and actions of God within.

(After my sits I  determine if I need to change them or nix one or two.)

What is my second bookend?

Before I get on with my day, I like to read for five or ten minutes from a book I enjoy.

Then I get up and move into my day if the morning sit or continue my day if my second sit.

There you have it.

My Centering Prayer bookends: Affirmations and reading.

Of course the most important thing is the sit itself.


P.S. Need help with your practice? Contact me. I can help you.


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.

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

Reinventing Yourself, 20th Anniversary Edition: How to Become the Person You’ve Always Wanted to Be  by Steve Chandler

The War of Art  by Steven Pressfield


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