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CENTERING PRAYER

Centering Prayer is an interfaith method to help prepare our faculties to more easily receive the contemplative gift of Divine union.  It is interfaith because in the silence there is no dogma.

Suggested Reading:  Open Heart, Open Mind by Thomas Keating

The Four Steps of Centering Prayer
The following are the interfaith Centering Prayer guidelines we teach.

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word or image as your consent to God's presence and action within.

STEP 3

When engaged with thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.

STEP 4

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

Courtesy of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

Dr. Robert Hesse - Centering Prayer (35 min)

Fr. Walker - Centering Prayer Workshop (32 min)

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