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We embrace the process of transformation in Christ, both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Amanda Olmstead, MD, Centering Prayer: Reconnecting with Spirituality, With God

Series: 
Voices of Grace and Gratitude
Week: 
134

Voices of Grace & Gratitude are joyful expressions of grace and gratitude from the worldwide community of Contemplative Outreach for the gift of Centering Prayer in their lives and its meaning for all creation. A new video will be presented every Monday. May they serve to lift your hearts.

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English Transcript: 

Centering Prayer was a way for me to reconnect with my spirituality and with God in a new way that was more open, more loving, more compassionate and allowed me to be who I was and to love others without putting so many rules on them, and on the world. At first, it was so hard for me to sit for 20 minutes and I couldn’t shut-off my mind. And, honestly, I was bored. It was like “Sitting here for 20 minutes is not going to help me.” “It’s not to going to help the world.” “I’m not doing anything good.” And then I realized that it’s not about me doing something. It’s just about me being. And I think that’s the main difference in Centering Prayer. It’s about being and being who we were created to be. I think that it allows me a peace and a calmness and a way for me to see people as humans instead of projects, or instead of a checklist. I work in a helping field and often I think that I just want to fix everybody. When you sit in silence in Centering Prayer, I realize that I am not the Grand Fixer! And my job is to just be with people and help each other along our journeys.  


 

Spanish Transcript: 

La Oración Centrante: reconectarme con la espiritualidad, con Dios

La Oración Centrante ha sido para mi una manera de volverme a conectar con mi espiritualidad y con Dios de una nueva forma que ha sido más abierta, amorosa, más compasiva, y me ha permitido ser quién soy y amar a otros y al mundo sin imponerles tantas reglas. Al principio fue muy difícil para mi sentarme durante 20 minutos, y no podía parar mi mente. Y, con toda honestidad, me aburría. Era como decir “sentarse aquí por 20 minutos no me va a ayudar.” “No estoy haciendo nada provechoso.” Y finalmente me di cuenta de que no se trataba de que yo hiciera algo. Se trataba de ser. Y creo que esa es la principal diferencia en la Oración Centrante, Es acerca de ser, y ser quienes fuimos creados para ser. Creo que me permite sentir una paz y una calma y una manera de poder ver a las personas como seres humanos en lugar de verlos como proyectos, o como si fueran una lista de requerimientos a cumplir. Trabajo en asistencia y a menudo creo que quiero arreglar a todo el mundo. ¡Cuando me siento en silencio haciendo Oración Centrante me doy cuenta de que no soy La Gran Arregladora! Y mi trabajo es simplemente estar con la gente y ayudar a cada uno a recorrer su camino.

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Centering Prayer