How much is your time worth? Let me phrase it another way; is your well being worth the investment of 15-20 minutes? Yesterday I wrote about the Centering Prayer. It has been described by many as a “coming home experience. ” Coming home to a place we should never have lost sight of as we grow up. Centering Prayer is simply practiced for 15-20 twice a day. When your day begins and as your day winds down. Centering prayer is designed to deepen your relationship with God. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; it is more about listening and receiving than in asking or petitioning. During Centering we open ourselves to Cod’s presence and action within within us. (see Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart)
In Centering Prayer you reach the quiet depths and a peaceful sense that comes from our Creator who is full of love. Serenity, tranquillity, peace, vitality, power, refreshment are just a few words that can describe the results of being centered in the Creator. At times your thoughts will still be streaming, your feelings are still emerging, sounds continue to surround you. You will find yourself surfacing from this peaceful place. This is when your “word of prayer” comes in. You don’t dismiss your feelings, the sounds, or thoughts. You simply repeat the prayer word, and return to the Creator. Jesus disciples asked him to teach them how to pray and he said, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6). It is finding a place of solitude and retreat that can restore us. How much is your well being worth in time?