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Protestant Barriers to Contemplative Prayer
J. David Muyskens
Voices of Community

I am an ordained Protestant minister who has benefited greatly from contemplative prayer.  I speak from experience with a way of being open to contemplative prayer called Centering Prayer. I am well acquainted with some of the resistances Protestants have toward contemplation.

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The Wind
Laurie Basile
Voices of Community

fierce wind blowing
widely splitting
high white blue sky
ever opening

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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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Prayer of Diminishment
Sr. Helen Michael Horne, O.P.
Voices of Community

Each day, Oh Lord,
May I offer
less to You;
Each day to be diminished,

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A Poem
Robert Hirschmann Brown
Voices of Community

The reptile’s top priorities are few
Full tummy, sunny rock, and babies new
Its consciousness is narrow as its tail
Survival pure and simple will prevail

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Out of My Mind, Into My Heart
Todd Friesen
Voices of Community

I began to wonder if they were right after a snowstorm grounded my connecting flight and I found myself on a crowded van climbing over icy mountain passes. It was pitch dark by the time I arrived at St. Benedict’s Monastery and so I just went straight to bed.

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Centering Prayer, Retreats
Knowing About God is not Enough
Donald Bredthauer
Voices of Community

When I was ordained in 1965 I had no idea what spiritual formation meant or how to experience God, which is another way of saying I didn’t know how to pray.  Oh, I did pretty well with leading prayers in worship, but that’s different from praying in a personal way . . .

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Centering Toward Love: A Pastor’s Journey to Centering Prayer
Rev. Dr. Peter Traben Haas
Voices of Community

As I prayed for extended periods, I noticed my thoughts significantly wandered, overcome as if in a blizzard. I would also find myself dozing off to sleep and feeling guilty for not “praying well.”

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My Journey with Centering Prayer
Rev. Glen Hall Reichelderfer
Voices of Community

“Slow down, you move too fast.” These are lyrics that I grew up on. I really did not fully understand what they meant until about five years ago when I began the practice of Centering Prayer again.

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Discovering Centering Prayer in New Mexico
Denise Tierney
Voices of Community

It is Autumn. As I make the daily drive North from Rio Rancho to Santa Fe I am aware that Brother Sun rises later and later. No matter how many times I make this drive I am continually amazed at the beauty of the rolling hills . . .

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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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God’s Embrace
Ben Butera
Voices of Community

At some point I picked up on the idea that we should talk less and listen more. I was also intrigued with Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know I am God.” But how does one listen?

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Ocean Blue
Joanne Alban
Voices of Community

Drifting grey,
Rising blue,
Crested white

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A Meditation on Centering Prayer and Poverty of Spirit
Sydney S. Orr
Voices of Community

Fr. Keating recommends studying the beatitudes.  The beatitudes, especially poverty of spirit, seem to stand out in the heart of his writing.  It seems to me I can take satisfaction in my gifts, even the gift of Centering Prayer, and it needs a poverty of spirit.

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The Story of My Surrender
Grace Sutherland
Voices of Community

 

In his book, Invitation To Love, Thomas Keating writes:

"On the spiritual Journey there is usually someone in our family, our business or in our community whom we cannot endure, someone who has a genius for bringing out the worst in us. No matter what we do we cannot seem to improve the relationship.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Called to the Desert
Sharon Graham
Voices of Community

Ordinary time is over and now we are presented with a different, sacred time: one of fasting, reflection and penance. This period of Lent mirrors the forty days Christ spent in the desert connecting deeply with the Father.

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Liturgy, Spiritual Journey
The Time of Lent
Kathleen Stevenson
Voices of Community

Lent a time to start over
      a time to take stock
         a time to see the truth
            a time to lay it all down 

Kathleen Stevenson,  Murrells Inlet, SC

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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
DYING and RESURRECTING IN CHRIST
Debbie Gervickas
Voices of Community

In gratitude for all of what Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach has done in supporting my spiritual growth...
 

My meditation began with use of the symbol of a cross: My finger began at my lips to trace down a center line of my body forming the vertical line of the cross. Each outward breath, soft S sound, invited release of physical form and spiritual blockages. 

 

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Recognition: “It is the Lord” Jn 21:7
Mary Agnes Rawlings, LCSW
Voices of Community

Thought for today:   I cannot follow what I can not see!

Question for contemplation:  Am I “seeing” my life with eyes formed by the Word or by the World?

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The Practice of Contemplative Living
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
Blessings from Behind the Bars: Centering Prayer in Prison
Rev. Mikail Davenport
Voices of Community

In 2006, my late wife, Kate, four other psychotherapists, a cognitive behavioral trainer, and myself began a program at Travis County Correctional Center in Austin entitled LifeTools©. It provided psychological, cognitive behavioral, and spiritual direction for over 200 men until 2009, when the program ended.

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Centering Prayer, Prison Ministry
No words are needed
Linda Altritt
Voices of Community

The past two years my family has endured a devastating loss with the passing of my beloved sister. . .

One of the members of my prayer group inspired me to write about Centering Prayer.    

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Centering Prayer, The Practice of Contemplative Living
When I am Among the Trees
Carolyn Goddard
Voices of Community

When I am among the trees,


especially the willows and the honey locust,


equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,


they give off such hints of gladness. . .

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Centering Prayer, The Practice of Contemplative Living
It helps me remember ...
Barbara Kollenkark
Voices of Community

It can be a challenge to remember all those who have asked for our prayers. I wrote this poem 52 years ago while in the 5th grade, but continue to embrace it as I pray for others. It helps me remember . . .

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