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

Morning Prayer at South Padre Island

Voices of Community

South Padre IslandBreathe 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

Breathe out --
the tide rolls in,
chasing the shore with a 
milky cappuccino espuma,
frothy foaming wash of
unconscious remains:
the detritus of thought --
broken pieces of desire 
and aversion;
half-baked plans and memory shards

Keep breathing --
aware and watching this tide 
roll out 
see the deposits of shell,
seaweed and trash,
never stooping to retrieve a thing 
until the surf
washes clean
upon a pristine 
immaculate beach
with nothing to retrieve


Michele Maxwell
San Antonio, TX

Contemplative Spirituality