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Centering Prayer and Salivating
Q: A very annoying thing happens to me during many (about 75%) of my Centering Prayer times. I salivate excessively which is distracting to me. I cannot find a commonality that would point to a cause for this. Is this something you have heard of before and/or do you have a suggestion for dealing with this?
A: As you said, you cannot find a commonality that would point to a cause for this. I know this has been a concern for you. Let us see if we can approach it from another angle. Let me suggest that you treat the experience as a gift of tears -- a letting go. As the Centering Prayer brochure reminds us about the practice, there may be "physical symptoms during the prayer ... usually due to the untying of emotional knots in the body." In my experience, this is true most of the time. Just keep a handkerchief in your hand and gently wipe it away as you gently pray your sacred word. Do not make a big deal about it -- it is your special way of praying. God loves us the way we are. Celebrate the uniqueness of your situation. No one should be looking anyway!
- Fr. Carl.