What is Centering Prayer?

It has been so life giving and life changing to me that I simply want to share it with others who are curious and want to explore it more. 

The guidelines as presented by the Contemplative Outreach are as follows:

  1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.

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, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.

4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

Centering prayer is a practice that opens us to the gift of contemplative prayer.  

During Contemplative prayer we sit with God.  

We open our mind, heart and body to God who is beyond thoughts, words and emotions.

Do you have to believe in God to practice Centering Prayer?


Can you practice Centering Prayer and be unsure of who this God is and how this God can help you?


Can you be deconstructing your faith and practice Centering Prayer?


God will meet you wherever you are at during Centering Prayer. 

We simply bring ourselves to Centering Prayer. 

We have no expectations. 

That is what attracts me to this prayer. 

If I don’t know what to say, that is okay. 

We do not need to say anything.

We simply sit in silence with God, with life, with a higher power. 

Whatever you feel comfortable calling it. 

And see what happens.

Let me know if I can help.

Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer is now available in Kindle and paperback. Try a free sample here

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