Centering Prayer: Beginner’s Mind

Silence is not often thought of as a teacher.

Most often our society refers to silence as “dead time.”

What, if anything, can be special about silence?

This is where a transformation has taken place in my life.

I have come to see how precious silence is, how silence is God’s first language.

As Thomas Keating and a number other mystics before and since have stated, “Silence is God’s first language and everything else is a poor translation.”

Words do not always need to be said.

In contemplative prayer we float in the ocean of God.

You can’t sink because God will hold you.

Thomas Keating wrote, “Contemplative prayer is the world in which God can do anything.”

Our job is to enter and see what happens.

We maintain a “beginner’s mind”—an openness that allows all our expectations to drop away.


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Closer Than Breath is a 6-week Centering Prayer course grounded in opening to God who is closer to us than the air we breathe. This video-based, self-paced course allows you to take the course at your own speed and is aimed at finding greater peace of mind and the divine Presence within. With 2 weekly email teachings, there is constant support in encouraging you along in both the course and your personal practice. Also included are regular contemplative prayer gatherings over Zoom.  This course is ideal for anyone just getting started in Centering Prayer and for those who are looking to deepen their practice.

Some of the weekly teachings include:

  • God: It ain’t a boy’s name
  • Meditation: It’s not about not thinking
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  • Dying to self
  • Prayer: It’s not about words
  • Moving from Doing to Being

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