In the busy rough and tumble world we live in we often need to stop and center ourselves on something that will sustain us. Crisis hits – center. Joy erupts – center. Challenge is offered – center. Disappointment arrives at our doorstep – center. What do I mean? Centering is a kind of prayer or meditation or thought done in silence that prepares us to accept the gift of God’s presence within us, more intimate than breathing, deeper than thinking, more aware than consciousness living. It is a prayer that is both a relationship with God and a way to foster that relationship. Centering does not replace other kinds of prayer. It is intended to add significant meaning to all prayer and meditation. It is a movement from more active ways of praying toward a prayer of resting in God. It is a communing with God. Our world seems so chaotic at times but there is order in God.
Here is just a starting point to consider. I’ll look into this more with you in the future.
- Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, relax, and quiet yourself. Express a sense of love and faith toward God.
- Choose a word that suggests your direction and true desire to be in God’s presence.
- Focus on that word and that intention and know that you are in the presence of God’s divine action within you.
- Let that word become like a symbol of your desire to be in God’s presence and become more aware and open to God’s divine action taking place. Let the word be in your minds eye – not spoken – felt or sensed.
- Whenever you become distracted by anything (thoughts, feelings, images, responsibilities, associations, etc.), return to the Word as your anchor.
- Consider your breathing and the way your muscles feel. Be aware of the sounds around you. Use an object to help focus your thoughts.
- Let God do the work. We are so busy trying to do the work of our life. While you center let God be the one to do the work and trust in faith that God is there.
Try it today. We’ll begin here and explore it some more in the next edition.