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Morning Prayer at South Padre Island
Michele Maxwell
Voices of Community

Breathe in --
the tide rolls out 
to the Mother Sea of Source 
in air-sucking return 
to the oceanic womb of life,
pulling consciousness 
like a uterine contraction
at three centimeters dilation

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Contemplative Spirituality
Moments
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

In this silent moment
see how the palm tree
has shrugged off old bark,
how trim and stately it stands
against an azure sky...

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Contemplative Spirituality
Centering Prayer and Depression
Julie Henigan
Voices of Community

Some of us are blessed with good health, relative prosperity and long lives. But in even the most charmed life, there are times when things do not go as planned, when illness, accident, or bereavement threaten to leave a hole in the hearts and souls of the most faithful and optimistic Christians...

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Centering Prayer
Our God of Surprises ...
Therese Coen
Voices of Community

Many years ago while taking a morning hike on Mt Tamalpais, north of  San Francisco, I felt the urge to sit down and to silently pray to the  Lord.  I found an outcrop among the bushes and left the trail.  I sat  down and put on my jacket. I settled down and began my Centering  Prayer period. Some time later...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
The Crooked Keel
Paul Wishart
Voices of Community

I loved to go lobster fishing with my uncle. I loved being out on the open water; the fresh sea air, the confident growl of the engine, the lobster boat churning through the waves....

I’ve taken this story along with me for many years since I read it in that group. I’ve shared it in situations where it proved supportive for people dealing with difficult circumstances, such as the loss of a close family member or friend.

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
From Vietnam to Centering Prayer
David Jorgenson
Voices of Community

I remember 50 years ago riding in an UH-34D helicopter heading west over the South China Sea. A clear blue morning greets me under a cloudless sky. We are U.S. Marines heading for the landing zone in Chu Lai, Vietnam.... I came home outwardly uninjured --without a scratch-- but not unaffected.

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Centering Prayer
Father Thomas: Gently Waiting for the Beginning
Steven Standiford
Voices of Community

During our visit, Thomas did solve one mystery.  For over two decades I have heard him often say that, “the minimum time recommended for Centering Prayer is twenty minutes, two times a day.”  But I never heard Thomas share what his own practice was. 

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating
Centering Prayer & the Process of Transformation
Mindy Durias
Voices of Community

I often think about these words from Jesus,

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

What was so special to Jesus about children, that he would gift them the kingdom of God?

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Centering Prayer
Let Your True Self Shine
Rich Lewis
Voices of Community

He was transfigured before their eyes.  His face became as dazzling as the sun, his clothes as radiant as light.... I immediately began thinking about my centering prayer practice. Isn't this what really happens each time I sit with God ...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Hokey Pokey Spirituality
Ceci LaDuca
Voices of Community

“You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out. You put your right hand in and ..."

“What if the hokey pokey really IS what it’s all about?” 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Agnostic Adventures with Centering Prayer
Janet Murray
Voices of Community

"Who put the bop in the bopshubopshubop, who put the ram in the ramalamadingdong ... " Those were the typical contents of my brain during my sporadic attempts at meditation until metastatic cancer and two good friends convinced me to try again. One friend was dedicated to the practice of Zen meditation, the other to Centering Prayer...

How does one pray if there is no faith in God? How do I stop the constant chatter? What is supposed to happen? Can one do Centering Prayer and not be a Christian?

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Centering Prayer
The Power of Silent Prayer
Rich Lewis
Voices of Community

"I became aware of how powerful Centering Prayer was because it was a container for my consenting to not only God's presence in my life, but also God's action in my life."
- Carl J. Arico

Silent prayer is a special time. It is our time to sit with God. It is like sitting quietly with a friend. No words need to be said.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Shutters
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

Through the shutters of my soul
sunlight rarely shines.
Her voice demanded obedience,
blocked out the light of childhood.
As I grew older ...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Spiritual Bushwhack
Celia McBride
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What are you doing here? A Centering Prayer Reflection
Neil Foley
Voices of Community

... Like so many before, I started by first seeking happiness – that illusive entity which is so physical and sensory when young. Happiness seemed to equate to pleasure, but pleasure is a fickle and fleeting ally. No sooner was I satisfied when I would desire again. Like the wind, it could be felt but not grasped. God was not in such pleasure. ...

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Spiritual Journey
Perspective
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

I sit on my porch,
glimpse through the open door
a painting, “Morning for Writing Letters”

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Contemplative Collaboration
Margaret Benefiel
Voices of Community

At the initiative of Thomas Keating, the founder of Contemplative Outreach, the founders of three other major Christian contemplative organizations were invited to meet with him in early October at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Father Thomas Keating
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
Union
Chris Plunkett
Voices of Community

I sometimes wonder
as I see the early morning frost.
Could it be that the blanket of white that covers everything Is compassion?
And the sky's soft glow after sunset is empathy?

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Contemplative Spirituality
The Story of the Cloak: A legend Attributed to St. Bridget, Patroness of Ireland, circa 452 – 525
Fionnuala Quinn, OP
Voices of Community

As the story is told, Brigid went to the King of Leinster to tell him she needed land upon which to build a monastery.

"You do, you do," replied the king. "How much do you need?"

"We need only the land my cloak will cover – no more," she answered.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Father Thomas Keating
A Report and Reflections on the Transition Process
Julie Saad
Voices of Community

The Governing Board held an in-person meeting January 6-10, 2017 and follow-up conference call on January 24, 2017.

Tens of thousands of people are now fishing in the stream of contemplative life. We are grateful for and proud of what our founders passed on to us. The new Governing Board and the Transition Advisory Team are interested in hearing from you about how we can support and sustain you.

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HORIZON
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

I look our across fog.
Gray ocean meets gray sky,
and I think of my young friend,
cancer battle in full force...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Taking a Break From Our Personality
Ruby M. Shelton
Voices of Community

Is humility to look down at others, wear not too lavish clothes, not standing up for yourself?  I think that humility is to take a break from our personality and observe a total and complete action of surrender to God.

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Spiritual Journey
Facilitating a Centering Prayer Support Group
Mary Mrozowski
Voices of Community

Facilitating is a ministry that empowers people and enables group process. As a ministry, it helps groups members to become more aware and more loving. Empowering others in this way is the heart of Christian ministry.

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Another Easter . . .
Marge Rafftery
Voices of Community

As I read the latest "Voices of the Community" articles from the current Contemplative Outreach e-bulletin, I noticed something I had not seen before . . . one could go back to previous articles.  So I did just that . . . going back to one I had written two years ago just after Easter that year (see the article "A Very Different Holy Week.").

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