Monday, October 07, 2019, 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Centering prayer is an ancient monastic discipline of meditation that involves returning to the silence that dwells within each of us, there to re-encounter and engage the image of God in whom we are created. It has been known in the tradition as "contemplative prayer"; the term "Centering prayer" was coined by Trappist monk Thomas Merton.
No prior knowledge or experience necessary—just come, learn, and experience. Convener Ron Johnson, a longtime practitioner, will help orient and answer questions.
"The regular practice of contemplative prayer initiates a healing process that might be called the 'divine therapy.' The level of deep rest accessed during the prayer periods loosens up the hardpan around the emotional weeds stored in the unconscious, of which the body seems to be the warehouse. The psyche begins to evacuate spontaneously the undigested emotional material of a lifetime, opening up new space for self–knowledge, freedom of choice, and the discovery of the divine presence within. As a consequence, a growing trust in God, a bonding with the Divine Therapist, enables us to endure the process."—Thomas Keating