A Centering Prayer group start 2020 on Wednesday 19 February. They will meet in the Mercy Spirituality Centre chapel, 104 The Drive, Epsom on the third Wed of each month, 7.25pm for a 7.30pm start, convened by Shane Gallagher.
All welcome but if you are new to Centering Prayer it would be helpful if you contacted Shane in advance to get some guidance on the how of Centering Prayer.
The group is intended to support the establishment and maintenance of a daily Centering Prayer practice. However, anyone practicing another form of silent meditation practice will be very welcome. The discussion time will be an open space for people to bring questions and discuss issues related to their practice.
Participants not wishing to be involved in discussion will be encouraged to leave at whatever point suits them.
Centering Prayer is a surrender method of meditation developed by the Trappist monks; William Menninger, Basil Pennington and Thomas Keating in the 1970s, and inspired by the medieval text The Cloud of Unknowing.
Surrender methods are characterised by the focus being on the intention of the meditation or prayer rather than paying focused attention within the meditation or prayer period. It is therefore a practice of the heart rather than the mind. While intentions may differ for people over time, the intention is generally to be open to the presence and transforming action of God within. A person begins with their intention and then just sits and when thoughts, feelings, body sensations or sounds arise they simply let them go.
To support this action of letting go a person can use a sacred word such as abba, peace or Jesus as a reminder of their intention but the word is not repeated like a mantra. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God.
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