Re-posted from: Community of Christ – Lenten Practices
Centering prayer is a simple way to pray in which you use breath and a prayer word to stay focused on God’s presence. The intent of this prayer is to simply spend time with God, seeking no answers but merely connection to the Divine. It is called centering prayer because one’s attention is gathered in and centered on being open to and receiving God. During Lent, centering prayer helps us dwell more deeply in the mystery of God.
|Hymn for Reflection“Come and Find the Quiet Center” CCS 151|
- Sit in a relaxed, comfortable but erect posture with feet on the floor, eyes closed, hands open in your lap.
- Gently enter into a time of prayer with the expectation and permission to be guided by the Holy Spirit in a process of opening and receiving.
- Use your breath to create a sense of peace and letting go into God. Breathe deeply, slowly, calmly, allowing the deep breaths to release you of tension throughout your body.
- Focus on breathing God in, breathing all else out until you feel calm and centered.
- Be aware that God is present and you are in this space with the intention of loving and being loved by God.
- Listen for a word or phrase that comes to you, expressing the desire of your heart. Repeat it silently to yourself in rhythm with your breathing.
- As you become distracted, and you will, bring yourself back to that centered place by using your breath and your prayer word. Let go of the thoughts that pull you away. Merely observe them and let them go.
- Continue in this pattern of focus and breath for approximately 20 minutes, though you may want to begin with 5–10 minutes and increase your time with practice. Set a timer so you will not have to check the time.
- When the time of prayer has elapsed, offer a prayer of thanks to God, take several more breaths, and gently return your awareness to your surroundings. Trust that the time spent with God will continue to bless you deep within as you move through your day.
Questions for Reflection
- As I dwell in the mystery of God, do I honor the divine mystery in others?
- Do I honor the divine mystery within myself?
- What am I being invited to consider and live into as I dwell in God’s presence?