The website Contemplative Outreach defines centering prayer as follows:
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.
Join us Mondays in the library for our own practice of centering prayer. We will begin with instruction at 2:45 pm, and prayer at 3:00 pm.
Update: Centering Prayer will be rescheduled to Tuesday, August 15th, and Tuesday, August 22nd, at 3:00 pm in the library. We will resume the normal schedule on Monday, August 28th.