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The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of the Centering Prayer

Sandra Ely, TX, Centering Prayer As Essential To A Young Mother

Series: 
Voices of Grace and Gratitude
Week: 
154

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. During this year of celebration of the 30th anniversary of Contemplative Outreach, a new video will be presented every Monday. May they serve to lift your hearts.

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English Transcript: 

Centering Prayer has become a big part of my life and it seems to be an essential tool as part of being a parent.  My husband has been practicing as long as I have too so when one of us feels the interior reservoir of silence a little depleted, the other one can step in and help and it’s very obvious when I’ve forgotten my practice. So, it’s not unusual that I will tell those around me: ‘Excuse me’ and I slip away to do my practice and I’ll come back pretty much a new person. Since the birth of my youngest daughter, when I knew that she was coming, and I’d had experience of what was going to come, one of the first things I did was sat down and did Centering Prayer and my husband did it also. And then the second event was when my father was transitioning into the next life, every time I would go to visit him, it was so key to be very centered and present with him during that sweet time. And it just helps in everything.


 

Spanish Transcript: 

La Oración Centrante, esencial para una madre joven

La Oración Centrante se ha convertido en una parte importante de mi vida, y parece ser una herramienta esencial para ser padres. Mi marido también  ha estado practicándola tanto como yo, así que cuando uno de nosotros siente que su reserva de silencio se está agotando, el otro puede hacerse cargo y ayudar, y se nota claramente cuando me he olvidado de practicar. No es raro que les diga a los que me rodean “disculpen” y me escabulla para hacer mi práctica, y cuando vuelvo soy casi una persona nueva. Desde que nació mi hija menor, cuando supe que venía y ya tenía la experiencia de lo que iba a suceder, una de las primeras cosas que hice fue sentarme y hacer Oración Centrante, y mi marido también. Y también fue lo que hice cuando mi padre estaba haciendo su transición a la próxima vida, cada vez que iba a visitarlo era tan importante estar bien centrada y presente con él durante esa duce etapa. Simplemente  me ayuda en todo lo que hago. 

 

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Centering Prayer