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We embrace the process of transformation in Christ, both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Centering Prayer and Heartbeat

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Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Rather than using a sacred word - or as well as using one - recently I have been  listening to my heart beat and find this helpful. Does this seem to you too"concentrative" when my aim is to be receptive?

A:  We have a book written primarily for children called Journey to the Heart, which is an introduction to Centering Prayer. A child's heart plays a prominent role in the presentation. Your question made me wonder why the same approach couldn’t be used for adults. Perhaps we should add listening to one's heartbeat as a sacred symbol of our consenting to God's presence and action in our lives. Then we pray our sacred symbol - the heartbeat - only when we become engaged with any thoughts, images, commentaries, sounds, etc. Used in this way, the heartbeat as a sacred symbol would then be very receptive.

Thank you for this new insight.

– Fr. Carl.

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Centering Prayer