This video presents a 25 minute summary of the centering prayer practice, a form of Christian meditation or “contemplative prayer” modernized by Fr. Thomas Keating from early Christian practices.
We discuss how contemplative prayer is the deepest form of “loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” as Jesus taught. It doesn’t replace verbal prayer, and it doesn’t eliminate the need for thinking thoughts about God or understanding concepts about the faith. It doesn’t obviate praise. But it goes far deeper than the mind, body and soul. It is loving God from the heart – at the deepest level of our being. It accesses the depth of our spiritual nature where God resides, and where our true self abides with Christ.
It takes us to the centre, to God’s Presence, and it teaches us how to live there.
In this January 9, 2023 video recording (from a weekly session of a group that meets for teaching and practice of centering prayer), we cover the whole gamut:
- How to practice centering prayer
- What happens during the meditation sessions
- How to respond to distractions
- What to expect as God “steps in”
- How it fits into a broader life of prayer and loving God
- How it integrate with a lifestyle that seeks to live with Presence
In this video I share my experience. Several other videos on website cover the theological background and scriptural basis for centering prayer, so little of that is covered here.