Centering Prayer

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 6 – Divine Therapy

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.

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

Subscribe to the podcast on Android

Listen on Google Play Music
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.

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