What is Centering Prayer?
Centering Prayer is a method of prayer of silent prayer, which prepares our faculties to receive the gift of contemplative prayer. It is a unique multi-format programme that provides direct training in contemplative practice – as well as a treasury of wisdom from the teachings of Thomas Keating.
We recommend you practice twice a day, for 20 minutes each session.
The Guidelines for Centering Prayer
The Guidelines are simple:
- Choose a sacred word of one or two syllables as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
- Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
- When engaged with your thoughts*, return ever-so gently to the sacred word.
- At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
*thoughts include body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections.