Sunday, September 15, 2013

What is Centering Prayer?

Centering prayer is a popular method of contemplative prayer or Christian meditation that places a strong emphasis on interior silence. Some well known proponents of Centering Prayer are the Trappist monks Abbot Thomas Keating and Fr. M. Basil Pennington. Basil Pennington shares these guidelines for centering prayer: 

  1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, relax, and quiet yourself. Be in love and faith to God.
  2. Choose a sacred word that best supports your sincere intention to be in the Lord's presence and open to His divine action within you (i.e. "Jesus”, “Lord,” "God," "Savior," "Abba," "Divine," "Shalom," "Spirit," "Love," etc.).
  3. Let that word be gently present as your symbol of your sincere intention to be in the Lord's presence and open to His divine action within you.
  4. Whenever you become aware of anything (thoughts, feelings, perceptions, images, associations, etc.), simply return to your sacred word, your anchor.
  5. When no longer engaged in thoughts, one is attentive to God alone and delights in the presence of God. 
If you’d like to try this type of prayer, please come join us on Fridays as of September 27th in the Chapel.

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