Centering Prayer

I’m reading up on centering prayer at the moment, listening to Fr Thomas Keating and discovering his books. I rather like him, and the way of praying he suggests. 

Lent, for me, will be about praying. Consciously taking more time for being with God, and being with God more deeply. Just giving God room in this relationship. See where it takes me.

Thomas Keating talks about God in ways that connect with me – God is a friend, and God is uncomplicated, and both God and Fr Keating have a sense of humour…

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Here’s a video in which Fr Thomas Keating talks through the guidelines. In case you are interested, here are the guidelines:

1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. 

2. 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.

3. When you become aware of thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word. 

4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes. 

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