Centering Prayer

Deepening our relationship with God
through the practice of Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer

For your personal meditation practice, using your cell phone or tablet, I recommend you go to the App Store and download the Centering Prayer app. It is free, and allows you to chose the intro and exit sounds, and set the duration.

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During the COVID-19 time of social isolation, we are meeting online. Contact joan.vinallcox@gmail.com for more information.

Normally during winter we meet weekly on Tuesday evenings from  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel at the rear of the Maple Grove United Church Sanctuary. Usually, after we meditate for 20 minutes, we pause for a short break for tea, cookies and chatting, followed by reading and discussion or watching relevant videos.  We read books and watch videos about Christian meditation by people such as Father Keating, Cynthia Bourgeault, Richard Rohr, Henri Nouwen, and others.

Please join us!

A June 2020 article on Maple Grove’s Centering Prayer Group in Mandate, a magazine for the United Church leadership.

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A Review of a new book by Cynthia Bourgeault – https://silenceteaches.com/2017/04/01/heart-centering-prayer-book-review/

The spiritual discipline of contemplative prayer has an extremely long tradition in Christianity. Initially developed by hermits and monks, it has remained a sought-after method of experiencing the presence of God deep inside the self. One contemporary expression of this ancient practice is called Centering Prayer; you can experience it at Maple Grove United Church.

A video with Cynthia Bourgeault on The Welcome Practice and Waking Up https://youtu.be/_bClyhR2ZPc

Richard Rohr Speaks on Christianity

Two Prayers

THOMAS KEATING’S SUGGESTED ORIENTATION PRAYER FOR CENTERING;

Lord, we adore you
present in our inmost being
and among us.

Draw us inwardly
by the greatness of your love,
so that we may taste that peace
which surpasses all understanding;

and that, little by little, we might understand
what it means to be lived in by God

Heal the wounds of a lifetime,
body, soul, and spirit,

as we wait lovingly
upon your Presence
and healing action within us.


Richard Rohr
Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.

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Link to a pdf on meditation and neuroscience

MeditationNeuroscience

If you’d like to understand how meditation works, here’s a short article:
https://www.wildmind.org/blogs/news/three-lies-and-a-half-truth

Here is a summary of the contemporary practice of Centering Prayer – https://cac.org/centering-prayer-weekly-summary-2017-02-18/

To learn more about our practice, you can watch these videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1443&v=eYDVGWhaqGk

 

 
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One of the best ways to get to know what it is about is by getting in touch with group co-ordinator Joan Vinall-Cox – joan . vinallcox @ gmail . com (no spaces) and coming to our meetings.

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We open our awareness to the Ultimate Mystery
whom we know by faith is within us,
closer than breathing, closer than thinking,
closer than choosing, closer than consciousness itself.

The Ultimate Mystery is the ground in which
our being is rooted,
the source from whom our life emerges