Tuesday Tip With Rich: The Wandering Mind

“My mind wanders during Centering Prayer.”

I often hear many people say this.

Perhaps you need to change your sacred word.

Let me explain.

When your mind begins to plan the day or remember a disagreement you had with

a friend, you ever so gently come back to the sacred word to bring yourself back to

the present.

There are multiple types of sacred words:

  • Interior image

  • Sacred word

  • Breath

  • Sacred glance (eyes are open and you stare at a spot 4-6 feet in front of you)

I am a visual person. That is probably why I gravitated to a sacred image.

If you are an auditory learner you might do better with a sacred word.

If you are a kinesthetic learner, the sacred breath might work best too.

If you worry you might fall asleep try the sacred glance.

I always encourage people to use what works best for them.

Just stick with the same method during your sit.

Let me know if I can help.