Centering Prayer opportunity continues

  
What is Centering Prayer?  It is a form of silent prayer – meditation, if you will – not based on concentration or even awareness, but on that inner gesture of letting go, in service to ‘Thy will, not mine, be done’. 
 
It is a prayer of our intention to consent to God’s presence and action within, beyond any expectation and our own judgments of how we’re doing.  Extraneous thoughts arise – it’s our human condition – and when we realise we are caught up in them, we release them, by returning to our chosen individual sacred word.  This is with the gentlest and least effort possible. 
 
Thomas Keating wrote in Open Mind, Open Heart: “The sacred word is a way of renewing your intention to open yourself to God and to accept God as God is. While this does not prevent anyone from praying in other forms at other times, the period of Centering Prayer is not the time to pray specifically for others. 
 
“By opening yourself to God, you are implicitly praying for everyone, past, present and future.  You are embracing the whole of creation.  You are accepting all reality, beginning with God and with that part of your own reality of which you may not generally be aware, namely, the spiritual level of your being.”
 
Debbie House and Tony Mooney are setting up a Centering Prayer group, fortnightly to start with, to take place at St Luke’s Church, Aylsham Road, Norwich NR3 2HF early on a Friday evening, 6.30pm to 7.45pm ... on 6 April, 20 April and then weekly. 
 
We will go over the guidelines and then meditate for 20 minutes, and have time afterwards to share between ourselves as we wish – the future format of the group will depend on what people would like.  If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact Debbie or Tony. Everyone is welcome, from whatever tradition of silent prayer or meditation.

If you don’t yet have some familiarity with silent prayer, ideally please come to an Introductory day first. The next one is on Saturday 5 May at St Luke’s,10am for a 10.15am start, 4pm close. It will be led by Debbie House, who is presenter-in-training with Contemplative Outreach (find out more at www.contemplativeoutreach.org)
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Debbie House


Tim Lenton, 15/02/2018