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

Q: In part my question relates to receptivity and trusting the process of Centering Prayer....What if I persist in Centering Prayer but don’t receive any tangible guidance, and have time continue to pass but still feel that I’m unsure of how to change or what to do about these circumstances that have been frustrating me so much?

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

I have a 50 year old sister with Williams' Syndrome (similar to Downs Syndrome - different chromosome)....Have you had experience sharing this practice with disabled adults?

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Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer & Contemplation
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Can Centering Prayer take place at the level of our being? Your comments and corrections please.

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Centering Prayer
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, Contemplative Spirituality
Amount of time for Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I have been practicing Centering Prayer for about a year now. I wanted to increase my time to 40 minutes because I was used to sitting for a half hour when I was doing a more concentrative meditation before I adopted Centering Prayer. I find that the first thing in the morning the 40 minutes is fine but when I pray in the late afternoon ...

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Centering Prayer
Contemplative & Vocal Prayers
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Is it possible to experience contemplative prayer and vocal prayer simultaneously?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
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
The Rosary and Contemplation
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Is it possible to pray contemplatively while saying the rosary at the same time?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
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
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
Approaching Clergy about Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  What are the best means of getting your local priest involved in Centering Prayer?

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

Q:  I would like to know if you could back me up or not in the contemplative skills I have developed through the mixture between Centering Prayer and Tabata Training that I have taken from fitness. I mean backing it intellectually, to know if it is an honest practice or if I am deluding myself. I would like to know if I can add it to my FIT-Repetition project, an evangelization project through coaching, psychology and fitness.

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

Q:  I'm rather new to Centering Prayer. Perhaps the most common thought I have while practicing, which takes me away from my sacred word, is an awareness of my breathing. I've noticed that although I'm not mouthing my sacred word ...  Perhaps I'm so much of an audio learning that I can't help but link my thoughts to my breathing? Anyways, is this a concern?...

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Centering Prayer
Comparing Centering Prayer and Buddhist Meditation
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am curious about the difference in effects between a Buddhist meditation and Centering Prayer, given that in Centering Prayer there is a large emphasis on consenting to the Divine presence as we are being "worked on." In Buddhist meditation, since there is no such intention to an outside source, does the same kind of "divine therapy" take place regardless? Or are there different effects?

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

Q:  Where does one initially place their awareness during Centering Prayer?  In other words, when introducing the sacred word does one let the awareness float up toward heaven someplace "outside" oneself, or...

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Centering Prayer
Fees for Spiritual Resources
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Why are there fees for spiritual teachings and offerings?

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Contemplative Spirituality
The Dying Process
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Our Centering Prayer group has been watching the Gift of Life DVD and benefiting by it. We are hearing about persons who spend considerable time in the dying process. Can Contemplative Outreach say anything about those who die suddenly or in a short period of time.

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

Q:  In the past year I've have fully realized the Martha in me and my false-self motivations that permeated years of ministry.  By God's grace the Illuminative way is proceeding but I am challenged by Pope Francis’ call to move out and serve the marginalized.  ....  How do I discern if authentic or false-self stirrings are at work?

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Contemplative Spirituality
Receptivity
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am a commissioned presenter of the Centering Prayer introductory workshop and when I am elaborating on the notion of being receptive I describe the proper disposition as one of passive receptivity.  I'm trying to convey the idea that God is doing what needs to be done and we just trust and let it happen.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
The Consequences of “Sin”
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Father Thomas teaches with authority that God has forgiven our sins. But he also sometimes seems to say that we are stuck with "the consequences of our sins."  How does Father Thomas define "the consequences of sin"? ... Perhaps I am asking whether God intervenes, are there miracles that can free us from the "consequences of sin" or is this just my small self trying to control things?

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Contemplative Spirituality
Teaching Centering Prayer in Seminaries
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Father Arico, our Centering Prayer group is reading your book A Taste of Silence. After the introduction where you share your experience of Centering Prayer, our discussion led us to the thought of how amazing it would be if  Centering Prayer could be a part of seminary education. How feasible is this today?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
The Soul and the True Self
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am currently wrestling with various concepts and definitions and how they fit together. When it comes to the false self and the true self I find the glossary at the back of the Intimacy with God book helpful. However does the soul equate with the true self or not?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Father Thomas Keating