Centering Prayer

A Practice Of Release

A Practice Of Release

In contemplative circles, we often talk about cultivating ongoing practices. Given what the term “contemplation” means for so many with no training or familiarity with the tradition, this seems antithetical.

“Wait, doesn’t contemplation mean sitting and thinking about something for a very long time?” It’s inactivity par excellence. If you fool yourself long enough into thinking that kind of inactivity matters in the world, well, you turn it into a lifestyle and call yourself a contemplative.

Tuesday Tip with Rich: Sitting

When I first started to practice silence it was painful.

I had heard that silence will transform you.

So, I began to sit in silence.

It was brutal!

I set a timer and sat for 1-3 minutes and dreaded it.

I did not know what to do in the silence. 

I just knew it will change me. 

I then came across Centering Prayer.

I discovered a container for the silence.

I have not looked back.

As much as possible I try to practice centering prayer twice per day.

My first sit in the morning prepares me for the day!

My second sit later in the day recharges and refreshes me.

I need both sits.

They make me whole!

Let me know if I can help.