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Centering Prayer and Other Types of Meditation
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I did Centering Prayer for some years but with family (care-giving) responsibilities, I stopped because my head was always spinning and I couldn't get centered. So, I will soon go on a Centering Prayer retreat to get going again, but would you consider other generic types of meditation as having the same effect/value as Centering Prayer (even non-religious meditation, i.e., just focusing on breath)?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Desire and Everyday Mysticism
Fr. Daniel Renaud, OMI
Voices of Community

In our lives and in our prayer practice, we often unconsciously live out two different types of spirituality ... It is a spirituality of desire that meets our deepest aspirations, because it is based on the encounter with the other and plunges us into a new birth in God's love. It calls us beyond the self to deepen our identity as a gift from God.

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Contemplative Spirituality
Experiencing Peace in Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

People practicing Centering Prayer speak of experiencing a sense of peace. Can you please comment?

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Centering Prayer
Introducing Centering Prayer and the Practice of Silence to Young Adults
Patricia Shahen and Peter Morgan
Voices of Community

... At one point, we noted that we were all over 50, and many of us were 65 plus. We talked about the need to include young people in our Centering Prayer groups and about ways to introduce them to the practice of silence, which seemed especially important in this digital age with constant, instant feedback. ...

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating
Tuning-in to Nature
Camille Bunting, Ph.D
Voices of Community

If we take time to look and listen, nature provides space and oxygen to breathe, salve for our souls and encouragement for our spirits.  However, to access that bounty, there is a tuning-in process that requires entering a slower pace than that to which we are accustomed.  Tuning-in is not about looking at and appreciating nature, but actually experiencing it and in doing so, developing eyes to see and ears to hear the voice of the Divine cosmos. There are messages for us in Nature.  But how exactly does a person tune-in to receive those messages? 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
A Lenten Visio Divina at Gallery W83 in NYC
Lindsay Boyer
Voices of Community

When it was time to exhibit the wood block prints that came out of her residency at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan, Julie Shelton Snyder wanted to create not only a gallery show, but also an event that would acknowledge the relationship between the contemplative nature of her work and her 14 years of Centering Prayer practice.  I was delighted when Julie and The Gallery at W83 approached me to help create a contemplative experience that would honor the connection between Julie’s art and her Centering Prayer practice.

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Books, Retreats and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I've been doing Centering Prayer faithfully for over 20 years. Now I rarely read, haven't been to a retreat in 5-10 years, etc.  Why?

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Eight Contemplative Attitudes and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I am reading all I can about the process...as well as doing it twice daily.. I have examined closely the "contemplative attitudes" such as opening/gentleness/simplicity etc.... is it ok ,i.e. is it part of the prayer, to refresh the memory of eight contemplative attitudes at the front end of the process?

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How Contemplative Outreach of South Africa came into being
Elizabeth Norton-Amor
Voices of Community

Our founder was Winnie Young, and in 1995 Fr Carl Arico (on his first of 4 visits) helped her establish an ad-hoc national committee.

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Sacred Pathways Into Centering Prayer
Jim Reale
Voices of Community

“The contemplative dimension is the heart and soul of every religion. It initiates the movement into higher states of consciousness.  The great wisdom teachings of the Vedas, Upanishads, Buddhist Sutras, Old and New testaments, and the Koran-to name a few of the best known-bear witness to this truth.” This is the initial thought Fr. Thomas Keating chose to begin his writings in Manifesting God. Knowing Fr. Thomas’ immense respect for universal wisdom, his mind and heart always open to the Ultimate Reality, could we say that the teachings and practices from other wisdom traditions have the potential to enhance, enrich, and prepare us for the practice of Centering Prayer?

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Often I am more aware of my pulse than my breath
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I have used the sacred word and the sacred breath at different times in my practice of centering prayer. But often I am more aware of my pulse than my breath, and have used "the sacred pulse" in my practice. Is there anything wrong with this? Have other people found this helpful?

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It seems the interest to do Centering Prayer has died
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I had been practicing Centering Prayer since 2008. But for the past year it seems the interest to do it has died. I would rather say the rosary or chaplet of Divine Mercy. Please help me, how can I start again?

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My prayer has not gone to a deeper level
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I have been doing centering prayer faithfully for a number of years.  However, I am still operating on the surface, as a beginner.

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Who Will Replace Thomas Keating?
Phil Jackson
Voices of Community

Who will replace Thomas Keating? I’m starting to hear that question more. This is not a new question. It has been asked hundreds of times or more before our beloved 95-year-old spiritual father passed. Thomas answered this himself though. He was asked, with varying degrees of tact, “Who will replace you?”, and he would reportedly answer “You! and you, and you, and you…” to those in attendance at the time.

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating
Remembering Our Beloved
Julie Saad on behalf of The Governing Board of Contemplative Outreach
Voices of Community

Well done,
my good and faithful servant.
Come, share my joy.
- Matthew 25:21

As we mourn the passing of our beloved teacher, Fr. Thomas Keating, let us reflect on all that we have been given and discern together where we go from here.

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Father Thomas Keating
Governing Board Updates Voices of Community

As Pat Johnson prepares to retire from her role as administrator of Contemplative Outreach Ltd. at the end of 2018, the governing board agreed by consensus to appoint her to serve as a member of the board.  The term of this volunteer position is for two years beginning January 1, 2019.  The appointment would fill the vacancy left by Lois Snowden’s departure after four years of dedicated service.

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The Contemplative Dimension of Giving
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  During this time when giving has so much to do with emptying shelves and wallets, what is the contemplative dimension of giving?

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Contemplative Spirituality
The Wind Beneath Our Wings
Robbin T. Hartridge
Voices of Community

I first met that Irish monk years ago on the sidewalk.
I was alone, hesitant, looking for belonging
It was just the two of us standing there before Mass
when I found myself disappearing into the vast recesses of his robe
lost in the most loving, enrapturing hug I could possibly imagine
along with the thought that I could fly that day.

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Feeling Into the Great Love and Spaciousness That Is the Being of Father Thomas Keating
Alan Krema
Voices of Community

My relationship with Fr. Thomas Keating has not been lengthy in terms of time but has been lasting in support for my practice and ministry and is embedded in my body as an opening to an eternal love.

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Father Thomas Keating
Letter to Fr. Thomas from Ken Wilber
Ken Wilber
Voices of Community

A letter that Ken Wilber sent to Father Thomas shortly before he passed.

 

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Father Thomas Keating
Exploring Other Traditions
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I am a Christian contemplative, but find myself increasingly drawn to Buddhist meditation, but am afraid that I am deserting God as there is no emphasis on God in this Atisha Kadampa school. Would it be advisable to attend these classes or do you think it may harm my Christian walk?

 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Father Thomas Keating
The Active Prayer Practice
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: The active prayer is my daily "go to" practice along with Centering Prayer. Can you please clarify the differences and similarities between receptive and active contemplative practices, and how they can complement each other? Can the active prayer actually become a receptive practice?

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Centering Prayer, The Active Prayer Practice
God's Action Within
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I keep reading about "Gods action within." What does that mean? What does it look like? How can I know it?

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating
The Integrity of the Teaching of the Centering Prayer Method
Fr. Thomas Keating
Voices of Community

The integrity of the teaching of the Centering Prayer method is presented in the four guidelines and its conceptual background as described in the Method of Centering Prayer brochure.

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Centering Prayer
The Song in Our Hearts
Rae England
Voices of Community

In the spring of 2002, we brought a young man from Kosovo to Dallas to be fitted with a prosthetic.  He had been living in England where he was expecting to receive immigrant status when the war broke out in his country.  “I couldn’t stand by and see my family in danger without doing something to help”, he told me and so he returned to Kosovo. 

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