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

Voices 20: Nancy Moran, Ohio

Series: 
Voices of Grace and Gratitude
Week: 
20

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: 

With Centering Prayer you get into the practice of letting go of your thoughts and feelings and your concepts and, even in a small way, I can kind of bring that into my daily life. And so, even though I might be having these thoughts and reactions to people – judgments or evaluations, and all that stuff – it kind of teaches me to not focus so much on all that. And so, when I’m not focusing on what’s in my head, I can be more present with people, I hope. Because Centering Prayer allows us to have a relationship with God, over time this tenderness and sweetness of God’s love... I think it kind of... softens our hearts and it makes us less inclined to hold grudges maybe and that softness of heart makes us – or helps us – to be more forgiving... maybe more compassionate... to pray for people – even when they hurt us.


 

Spanish Transcript: 

Con la Oración Centrante nos acostumbramos a soltar nuestros pensamientos, sentimientos y conceptos, y, aunque en una pequeña escala, en cierta forma transfiero esto a mi vida diaria. Así que, aunque puedo pensar y reaccionar de una cierta manera con las personas –emitiendo juicios y evaluándolas, por ejemplo – la práctica me enseña a no enfocarme tanto en todo eso. De este modo, cuando no me enfoco en todo lo que sucede en mi cabeza, puedo estar más presente para las personas, o así lo espero. Como la OC me permite tener una relación con Dios, con el tiempo esa ternura, esa dulzura del amor de Dios… en cierta forma… ablanda nuestro corazón y hace que sea menos propenso a guardar rencor; quizá hace que sea más compasivo… hace que podamos orar por las personas, aún cuando nos hieren.

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Centering Prayer