Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. ...
Centering Prayer, eight minute introduction by the founder, Fr. Thomas Keating. This edited, brief "How To" is designed to encourage further exploration of the ancient mystical prayer practice that can lead to Contemplation
One of the values of centering prayer is that you are not thinking about God during the time of centering prayer so you are giving God a chance to manifest. In centering prayer there are moments of peace that give the psyche a chance to realize that God may not be so bad after all. God has a chance to be himself for a change.
The Rev. Margaret Marshall is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of East Tennessee. She founded and served as the Executive Director of The Sanctuary, a residential program for women recovering from abuse and addiction in Chattanooga, TN. Margaret has been teaching Centering Prayer and leading retreats since 1998.