Centering Prayer: Rest in God

Centering prayer leads to contemplative prayer.

Contemplative prayer is union with God—rest in God.

Centering prayer is simple: 1. Show up. 2. Let go. 3. Open your heart.

God will do the rest.

During centering prayer we leave our “small mind” and enter a “larger Mind.”

These centering prayer guidelines are pulled from the Contemplative Outreach website:


1.​ Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.

2.​ Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.

3.​ When engaged with your thoughts, return ever so gently to the sacred word.

4.​ At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.


As you begin and continue your centering prayer, keep in mind that thoughts and silence both have a role to play.

The content of some thoughts expresses what needs to be healed, and silence creates the space for healing to take place.

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Closer Than Breath is a 6-week, self-paced course that will aid you in starting or deepening a centering prayer practice. It includes about 20 minutes of video content each week, PDF reflection questions, and weekly centering prayer support groups.

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