black woman Centering/Contemplative Prayer

Centering/Contemplative Prayer

As we go through so many challenges it is helpful to have a source for which to find some relief. Centering/Contemplative Prayer has always been one of those sources for me and so I share it with those who may need it. This can be done anywhere, in your office, car, kitchen, bedroom, closet, etc.

The Guidelines for practicing Centering Prayer:

The scriptural reference for this practice is Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God.

  1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. (This can be any word that helps you to focus such as, peace, love, joy, Jesus, etc.)
  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 engaged with your thoughts (thoughts will come, you may experience various sensations – itching, pain, fear, etc.), silently repeat ever-so-gently the sacred word. Crying is a natural release and its okay to let the tears flow naturally. if you have difficulties sleeping you may even fall asleep during your session – it is okay, just try to make up the time.
  4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

An app is available for your phone at www.contemplativeoutreach.org