Centering Prayer is an ancient tradition of silent prayer. It is considered to be the pure gift of God. It is the opening of Mind and Heart to Holy Mystery.
Centering Prayer represents ancient Christian wisdom in an updated form. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with the Christ consciousness. We open ourselves to God’s Presence and Action in our lives.
We start with prayer, then move into time for learning, sharing and then fellowship.
"Be still and know that I am God" - Psalm 46:10
- Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God's presence and action within.
- Sitting comfortably, settle briefly, and silently introduce the sacred word.
- When engaged with your thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
- At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence for a couple of minutes.
Joining a weekly Centering Prayer group:
- encourages you to perservere in your individual practices.
- provides an opportunity for further learning on a regular basis.
- offers an opportunity to support and share the spiritual journey.