This page provides resources to teach the “centering prayer” practice developed by Fr. Thomas Keating. Centering prayer is a form of Christian meditation, “silent waiting prayer” as its described in the Bible, or “contemplative prayer” as it has been described for over 1,600 years in Christian tradition.
To get started quickly, this video contains everything you need to know about the practice of centering prayer “in a nutshell.”
For a more in-depth understanding of centering prayer, watch, listen or read materials from an eight-week course recorded in live group sessions during early 2019.
Session 1 – An Introduction to the Lost Art of Meditation and Silent Waiting on God
Session 2 – Discovering Centering Prayer
Session 3 – Intention and the Sacred Word
Session 4 – The Beauty of Silence
Session 5 – Dealing with Thoughts
Session 7 – Dying to the False Self
Session 8 – Towards Divine Life
You can receive a podcast of our weekly group sessions by clicking the links below.
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Download a pamphlet from Thomas Keating’s organization Contemplative Outreach is a useful brief summary of the practice, beliefs and background roots of centering prayer.
If you’d like something even more brief, Cynthia Bourgeault provides an excellent short summary on the practice of centering prayer.