“My mind wanders during Centering Prayer.”

Perhaps you need to change your sacred word. 

Let me explain. 

When you engage your thoughts, begin to plan the day or remember a disagreement you had with a friend, you ever so gently return to your sacred word to bring yourself back to the present. 

Then ever so gently let go of it too. 

There are multiple types of sacred words:

  • Interior image
  • Sacred word
  • Breath
  • Sacred glance (eyes are open and you stare at a spot 4-6 feet in front of you)

I am a visual person.  That is probably why I gravitated to a sacred image. 

If you are an auditory learner, you might do better with a sacred word.  

If you are a kinesthetic learner, the sacred breath might work best for you. 

If you worry you might fall asleep, try the sacred glance. 

Use the method that works best for you. 

Just don’t switch in the middle of your silent sit. 

I moved from the sacred word to the interior image and have stuck with it. 

Remember, the purpose of the sacred word is to bring you back to the present

And 

Open to the presence and action of God within. 

Sometimes you naturally bring yourself back to the present without the use of the sacred word. 

That is okay too.

Let me know if I can help.