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Reflections on the Beginnings of Centering Prayer
Anne Mazza
Voices of Community

“In the silence we are guided by the spirit.”
Thomas Keating

As I sit and think about my life’s journey, I am keenly aware of God’s presence and . . .

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Reflections on the September Conference
John Kelsey
Voices of Community

There is a new and powerful movement of the Spirit in our community.  We are evolving toward a new level of consciousness – not only as individual practitioners, but as a contemplative community.  Our challenge is to let go of a business model of governance and allow a new framework of attitudes and practices to blossom in its place.

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Regarding Prayers of Petition
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  If I pray to remove sickness or pain, am I refusing God?  If I am to offer up my pain, how can I pray that it go away?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Relationship Isn't Easy
Helen Druett
Voices of Community

I often wonder about my Centering Prayer practice even though I have been doing it for over 15 years. There are times when all seems well and then many times when I struggle lots as I stay with the practice.

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Renewing Our Understanding of the Contemplative Tradition
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

What is Contemplative Prayer?
Why is there a need for a renewal?
What about all the other forms of prayer?
What are the essential elements of Centering Prayer?

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Resting in God's Presence
Father Thomas Keating
Other

Centering Prayer is a passage from concentrative practices to alert receptivity through consenting to God's presence and action within us, which places the emphasis on purity of intention.

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Restlessness During Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I was a regular practitioner of Centering Prayer in the 1990's. For the last few years, however, I make time for it in the mornings after reading some scripture, but can't seem to settle down. I cannot seem to empty my thoughts and focus on the sacred word. I get restless to sit for more than 5-10 minutes. Do I need to just grit my teeth and make myself do this?

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Restlessness During Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I do Centering Prayer two times a day... During my evening prayer I get very restless after about 20 minutes. I usually like to pray for about 35-40 minutes. It gets very hard to sit for the last 10-20 minutes. Should I stop when the restlessness starts or ...

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Sacred Feeling as a Sacred Symbol
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I feel led towards using what I would call sacred “feeling” when doing Centering Prayer. My feeling is love for God that I feel in my heart.  It seems very natural to me to return to my love for God when I'm distracted and it seems to line up with the teaching in The Cloud of Unknowing. Can this be used as a method for Centering Prayer?

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Safe
Pam Paulson
Voices of Community

I was on a silent retreat sitting outside having a cup of tea watching a little critter poking his head and periodically I'd see dirt flying up out of the ground as he was busy digging.  I was thinking how afraid animals are...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
See With New Eyes
Rich Lewis
Voices of Community

Centering prayer is an exercise of letting go.

We let go so the Creator can create in us.

What God manifests within us is up to God alone...

 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Seed of God
Juliana Howard
Voices of Community

The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways to build up the Body of Christ, using us in spite of ourselves.
 
Beginning in the mid-eighties, after the death of my mother, I was inspired to write children’s songs based on the Bible. For many years, I directed the Crayons, a group of school children who performed and recorded them. The first song given to me was “Seed of God”.

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Set Free from the Pit, by Centering Prayer and the Truth
JB
Voices of Community

I was overwhelmed by constant, intense, thoughts and feelings of fear.  At the time, I believed that if I was just ‘right with God’, or, became a ‘better Christian’, these worrisome and fearful thoughts would certainly disappear.  So, I tried harder.  I purchased more spiritual books, attended more worship services, and prayed more frequently.  I was living a devout/religious life.  But, the fearful/condemning thoughts, along with their corresponding bodily feelings, just further intensified. 

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Sharing about the Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have joined a Centering Prayer group in which the leader asks people to share their prayer experience with the person next to them. This does not seem to fit with Father Keating’s message. What do you think?

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
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
silence
verserver
Voices of Community

let us go adore him
let us go implore him
my soul
to make us whole

let us stop
and just drop
all attractions

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Silence
Earl Lowen
Voices of Community

I spent 19 years as a lay-brother at St. Joseph’s Abbey when Father Thomas was my Abbot.  He was a wonderful man who helped me develop my spiritual life. I am now 75 years old...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey, Father Thomas Keating
Silent Visits from God
Karen D'Attilo
Voices of Community

sometimes silence creates loud noises in the heart, and sounds off in the
brain with chaotic patterns making us our own worst enemy...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Snorkeling in God
Mark Lybarger-Monson
Voices of Community

Floating
Breathing, Exploring
Feeling, Observing, Appreciating

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Sometimes I Am Goodness, Truth & Beauty
Deb Neal Johnston
Voices of Community Read More. Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Sounds and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Sometimes as I am entering into Centering Prayer and settling into stillness, I hear an external sound--such as the purring of my cat or birdsong through an open window--and it sounds so sweet that I do not want to return to my sacred word.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Source and Silence
Peter Traben Haas
Voices of Community

"Morning after morning the Lord opens my ear that I may hear.
- Isaiah 50:4

Resting in the silence of meditative prayer is the royal road to hearing what can't be said.
 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Spiritual Bushwhack
Celia McBride
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Spiritual Direction and the Contemplative Path
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am new to contemplative prayer.   I have been meditating for 15 years, but have decided to take contemplative prayer as my spiritual path as it suits me better... My question is to do with a spiritual teacher or guide. While a person like this is needed in Eastern spiritual practices, is it also needed in contemplative prayer?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
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