Centering Prayer is a receptive method of Christian silent prayer which deepens our relationship with God, the Indwelling Presence. We can can experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.
The Four Guidelines for Practicing Centering Prayer
- Choose a sacred word 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.
We practice centering prayer for 20 minutes twice daily.
For more information, you may download a brochure summarizing the Method of Centering Prayer.
Learning Centering Prayer
The Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop typically includes a half-day of prayer and presentations followed by four continuing sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in a Zoom or in-person presentation of this program.
A recorded version of this program is available on YouTube.
A two-part version of this program with Fr. Carl Arico and LJ Milone is available here.
12-Step Outreach: Information about centering prayer as the 11th step and links to resources and groups is found here.