The Sacred Word and Non Centering Times

I use a Jesus icon as an interior image to bring me back to the present during Centering Prayer.

I use it when I engage my thoughts and emotions.

Sometimes I naturally bring myself back to the present when my mind wanders.

During my non Centering times I also use a sacred word.

I repeat interiorly, in pairs,

“Jesus, Jesus,

Jesus, Jesus

Jesus, Jesus”

When I am distracted from my daily tasks I interiorly recite this sacred word.

When I am worried, anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed, I remember my sacred word.

I let go of these thoughts and emotions.

I open to God and the present moment.

I have found this to be very helpful.

The sacred word during Centering Prayer can also be used during your non Centering times.

Use it when needed.

It will bring you back to the present moment so you can focus on your daily tasks.

It will help you to let go of anxiety, worry, frustration, overwhelm and enjoy this moment.

Much love to you all!


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