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Centering Prayer and Grief
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I would like to share with you something I experienced during my sit. I have been practiced Centering Prayer for 15 years, but the last year I have had great difficulty just doing it. I knew something was going to come up...

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Centering Prayer and Heartbeat
Fr. Carl Arico
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?

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Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Hello from Malaysia!  Our group has been practising twenty minutes of Centering Prayer followed by Lectio Divina ( with the 4 movements - Read, Reflect, Response and Rest)  for some time. There is a suggestion from someone that we could start with Lectio Divina...

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Centering Prayer and Mental Illness
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am hoping to get some direction for myself and a community I work with.  I have schizo-affective mental illness, ...  Meds never controls that aspect of our lives completely.  We are hoping to find a safe and effective way to embrace silence and solitude for a part of our recovery process.    The challenge for us is that stillness and quiet leads to very disturbing hallucinations that we are all at varying degrees of knowing how to deal with.

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina
Centering Prayer and Mindfulness
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I practice Centering Prayer and recently a friend asked me to explain the difference between it and mindfulness meditation. I replied that the difference was in intent - Centering Prayer is consenting to God's presence and action in my life and mindfulness is seeking personal improvement, such as stress reduction. But she said she was asking about the differences in the practices themselves. I found this hard to articulate and wonder if you can refer me to a good source or answer yourself.

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Centering Prayer and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: What do you recommend for people who suffer from OCD?

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Centering Prayer and Panic Attacks
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have been centering for about seven years. Lately, when I try, I feel like I'm having a panic attack. Can you give me some insight?

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Centering Prayer and Physical Symptoms
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have been doing Centering Prayer for about 20 years.  Some years ago,
during my meditation practice, my head started shaking and jerking from side
to side....Has anyone else had this experience?
 

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Centering Prayer and Profanity
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I tried Centering Prayer for some time but reached a point where during my prayer time I was constantly assailed by profane words, words I assiduously avoid in my life.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Centering Prayer and Runners
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  A friend is a marathon runner.  He says he prays as he runs and he comes to a place of peace where miles seem to go by and he is unaware of them.  He wanted to know if  one always has to sit for it to be Centering Prayer.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Centering Prayer and Salivating
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

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?

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Centering Prayer and Speaking in Tongues
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Please help me understand how Centering Prayer and the charismatic or Pentecostal belief in speaking in tongues as a sign on baptism in the Spirit are related?  Can they abide in the same person?

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Centering Prayer and the Nights
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

A few months ago, I seem to have woken up during Centering Prayer in terror over not being able to find God. I had been sensing that this night of the spirit might be coming, but nothing I had read prepared me for the next few months. … It seemed to be that I ended up on one occasion in a place of such deep sorrow that all I could do was cry, and cry, and cry...

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Centering Prayer and Tinnitus
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I was meditating/doing Centering Prayer for many years. However, ... [I] now severe tinnitus or ringing in the ears. ... I find meditation and Centering Prayer to be very difficult, if not impossible. I feel a longing to return, but whenever I start I get discouraged and frustrated because of the noise in my head. Do you have any recommendations?

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Centering Prayer and Young Children
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am based in the U.K. and about to launch Centering Prayer into the local junior school (children aged 4-11). The school head and deputy head are very keen for this to happen and we will be basing what we do with the children on the Journey to the Heart book.

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Centering Prayer During Times of Unrest
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Extreme injustices and inflicted cruelty are buried in people's lives.  When these experiences arise (often unexpectedly) as a response to the asking participation in one's own spiritual journey, it is advised to slow down the evacuation process.  How does this affect a daily Centering Prayer practice?  We cannot take away another's hurt or suffering.  When one can't even quiet to sit for Centering Prayer during these times of unrest, from the contemplative point of view, what can we suggest? 

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Centering Prayer is ...
Mark Lybarger-Monson, Ph.D
Voices of Community

Centering prayer is cuddling with Christ.
Centering prayer is taking out the trash of the subconscious.
Centering prayer is releasing a handful of helium balloons; a heart-full of joy.
Centering prayer is laying in a shallow stream and allowing His waters to rush over us.

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Centering Prayer, Boredom and Nothingness
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I attended a one-day Centering Prayer event for people who were experienced in Centering Prayer.  We had three periods of prayer, with some teaching.  At the end of the third session I felt completely empty.  There was nothing, and after the session, as I thought about it, it felt boring and I wondered why I would want to do that again...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Centering Prayer, Unloading and the Nights
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have been practicing centering prayer off and on for about  18 years and more intensely during the past year and a half or so.  For many yearts I had little discipline, just "exuberant mysticism" with lots of consolation.   I am sure the "unloading" of the unconscious has either not happened at all or is at least not complete.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Centering Prayer: A Closer Walk with Our God
Fr. Matthew J. Flatley
Voices of Community

... And so I began the journey in earnest.  The more I prayed this way, the more I wanted to pray.  I love a reflection attributed to The Little Flower, Thérèse of Lisieux, who observes, “Jesus teaches me in my heart without the noise of words.”  This was my experience.  As Catherine of Siena instructs, “Build yourself a cell in your heart and retire there to pray.”  I did just this, as a twice daily practice, and I soon went from believing to knowing. 

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating
Centering Toward Love: A Pastor’s Journey to Centering Prayer
Rev. Dr. Peter Traben Haas
Voices of Community

As I prayed for extended periods, I noticed my thoughts significantly wandered, overcome as if in a blizzard. I would also find myself dozing off to sleep and feeling guilty for not “praying well.”

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Challenge
Jan Jett
Voices of Community

Having just struggled with my 80th birthday, I resonated with Fr Arico's challenge in the June 2015 CO NEWS:

     Challenge

To BE and not to DO

Experiencing age
Challenge to be and not to do
Against my program...

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Chanting and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Is it a good idea to listen to soft Gregorian Chant while engaged in Centering Prayer?

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Chapter 2: Renewing your Practice of Centering Prayer Part III
David Frenette
David Frenette

Chapter 2:  Renewing your Practice of Centering Prayer  Part IV of IV: 
Grounding your Centering Prayer Practice by Letting Intention and Consent Flow into Your Life (cion't)

Reconnect to the fourth basic guideline: at the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes. As Jane’s spaciness and lack of motivation for the spiritual journey shifted, we turned to her final and most important issue: being “ungrounded in life.” I asked her to describe more fully what she meant by this phrase. She said, “I used to feel invigorated in my life as a result of my Centering Prayer. Now I feel a little more inward...

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Chapter 2: Renewing your Practice of Centering Prayer, Part II
David Frenette
David Frenette

Chapter 2:  Renewing Your Practice of Centering Prayer, Part II
How Your Body Position Affects Your Inner Posture During Prayer

Reconnect to the second basic guideline: sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within. ...Contemplative resting in God can bring physical relaxation. However, resting in God is primarily an inner resting of your being in God’s Being.

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