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Getting Started

If you are attracted to the contemplative dimension of Christian teachings and practices and don’t know where to begin, you may find these suggestions useful. Pray for guidance, discernment and wisdom, that you may be clearly guided and drawn by God's will for you.

(1) Take an Introduction to the Centering Prayer Workshop or
(2) take an online course or
(3) use the in-home training package

  • Attend a local Centering Prayer support group to support your daily practice and your growing relationship with God and others along the way. Find a local prayer group or you may find groups listed on these local websites.
  • Practice Centering Prayer for a minimum of 20 minutes, twice each day, with the intention of deepening your relationship with God.
  • Use the free Centering Prayer mobile app timer to support your daily prayer practice.  The app is available for iOS and Android mobile devices and is also available in Spanish-language versions.  You can find the app by searching "Centering Prayer" in any of the mobile app stores.
  • There are four free Centering Prayer Online contemplative communities for those interested in learning Centering Prayer and for those already practicing it.  Learn More...
  • Consult the Guide to Contemplative Outreach Resource Materials (webpage) for further reading and media options. Download pdf.