Spiritual Practices for the Wilderness: Centering Prayer

Spiritual Practices for the Wilderness: Centering Prayer

Our supplementary Lenten series for 2021 presents a broad range of spiritual practices. The YouTube video for this week is below. Each one will tie in to Sunday’s Lectionary Passage. We often think of spiritual practices as general “prayer and meditation,” but the Christian tradition gives us many other tools to connect with God. You are invited to watch the video, try the spiritual practice out for yourself, and join in a discussion group around each one. It is likely you won’t connect with each practice presented — but we hope that one or two will resonate deeply with you (and to share them with others).

Here is more information on Centering Prayer in PDF form:
Centering Prayer

For further reading on Father Thomas Keating’s approach to centering prayer, see this short brochure from the Contemplative Outreach web site. Keating’s book Open Mind, Open Heart discusses the history and practice of centering prayer in depth. This YouTube playlist featuring Father Keating starts with two short videos on the basics of centering prayer.


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