What Happens During Centering Prayer?

Centering prayer teaches me to let go of all thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.

I open and consent to God’s presence and action within.

I sit quietly.

During these times, I do not talk to God.

I am in God’s presence.

I let God act in me.

When I first began to practice centering prayer, I could only last one or two minutes.

Then I did it for five minutes and even ten.

On June 1, 2014, I decided to sit for twenty minutes, the amount of time that Thomas Keating suggests.

I have not looked back.

Centering prayer is a journey into the depths of my heart.

It is a journey beyond words, thoughts, images and into the pure presence of God.

This quote by Carl J. Arico beautifully describes what happens when we rest in God during centering prayer:

“In centering prayer thoughts contain what needs to be healed and the silence creates a space for the healing to take place.”

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