Centering Prayer Might Be Thought of as Heartfulness

Love Matters are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of the new series God is Love: The Heart of All Creation. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posted every Monday throughout the year. May they serve to inspire hope and lift your heart.

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Centering Prayer that is reduced just to the method is not really Centering Prayer.  Centering Prayer as contemplative prayer, or as moving into that dimension, is a reflection on the mysteries of faith that has been digested, you might say, and reflected upon and expressed in the acts of love, and so on, until it has simplified into a movement of the will that is becoming quasi-permanent and is habitual in prayer itself - a way of occupying the mind and transferring it to the heart so that it becomes more "Heartfulness" than "mindfulness" with practice.

Podemos concebir la Oración Centrante como una oración desde el corazón. 

La Oración Centrante que se reduce a un método no es realmente Oración Centrante. La Oración Centrante como oración contemplativa, o conducente a esa dimensión, es una reflexión acerca de los misterios de la fe que ha sido asimilada, podríamos decir, y sobre la que hemos reflexionado , y que hemos expresado en actos de amor, hasta que se ha simplificado como un movimiento de la voluntad que se ha vuelto casi permanente y que es habitual en la oración misma - una forma de ocupar la mente y trasladarla al corazón, para que con la práctica provenga más del corazón que de la mente.