The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day. The Welcoming Prayer helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored — in the body. It contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Centering Prayer.
This Nine-Month Course enables one to practice contemplative living according to one’s own lifestyle. Formation is offered in contemplative prayer, lifestyle and activity through:
¨ Deepening our experience of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, the Active Prayer, Logging, the “Welcoming Prayer” Practice and Spiritual Reading
¨ Nurturing the contemplative dimension of one’s lifestyle by exercising discernment, simplicity, forgiveness, integrity and commitment.
The Welcoming Prayer: Learning to Let Go
June 7-9, 2019
Heaven and Earth converge in our bodies. The body is our teacher. It gives us messages and grounds us in the sacred present. It is the temple of the Holy Spirit. It longs and prays for our hospitality, to be seen, heard, integrated, and welcomed back into wholeness. One way to offer hospitality is through contemplative movement, a practice that has evolved over the course of my relationship with movement and spirituality.
Is prayer a retreat for you into a separate place where you find rest and peace? If so, why do you not find peace, wholeness and harmony in your daily working life? Do you think it is impossible? Our human condition seems to consist of so many parts that we lose track of the wholeness of our being. Any one of these parts can dominate our life, each taking turns and driving us nuts while we yearn for wholeness. We are driven by circumstances and tend to be frenetic, obsessed with our needs, anxious, and fatigued.
Q: I need help. Every day I pray the Welcoming Prayer. I trip up at "I let go my desire for security and survival." I'm a mother. How can I "let go" of something so imbued in my mothering DNA?
Contemplative Outreach of Chicago recently launched a new program known as Living Wisdom, to give interested members an opportunity to explore “the wisdom tradition.” So far, the program has offered four all-day Saturday workshops, one per month, January through April 2017. After participating in the four workshops, I am starting to form an idea of what the wisdom tradition has to offer, and I have a strong interest in learning more.
Q: What is being welcomed? What if I don't feel "welcoming" … it seems like I can't even "feel and sink into" the sensation if I'm not able to welcome?