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Restlessness During Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I do Centering Prayer two times a day... During my evening prayer I get very restless after about 20 minutes. I usually like to pray for about 35-40 minutes. It gets very hard to sit for the last 10-20 minutes. Should I stop when the restlessness starts or ...

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Centering Prayer
Breath Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q. Fr. Keating recommending four spiritual exercises; one of them was the development of the breath prayer, which might help us truly be followers of our Lord who prayed constantly. I am unfamiliar with the breath prayer; I would appreciate your describing it.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey, Father Thomas Keating
Finding a Quiet Place
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  My mother is 92, lives with us and has for the last 5 years...  It is so hard to find time to sit in quietness...  I go into my bedroom and shut the door.  And try to shut out the noise.  My question is, can you truly center even if you can't find a quiet place in your home?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
A Short Poem of Daily Surrender
Bridget Robinson
Voices of Community

“Commit your life to the Lord,
Trust in Him and He will act,
So that your justice breaks forth like the light
Your cause like the noon day sun”

- Psalm 37 1-4

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
What is "My Shadow Self"
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q. I am quite new to practicing Centering Prayer and entering into the contemplative life, and I am craving it more and more. I am an avid reader and have been enjoying Father Keating's books and meditations. I come from a non-denominational background, so everything is new to me. Could you please explain what "my shadow self" is? I have heard this term several times. Or is there a different place I could get the information?

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey, Father Thomas Keating
Does God Judge?
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico Read More. Contemplative Spirituality
The Dark Nights, Who Does It Affect?
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I wonder, can one experience the dark nights, if one is not practicing centering or contemplative prayer, but is just a devoted Christian? I somehow get the impression that the dark nights are necessary consequences of contemplative prayer only.

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Centering Prayer
Restlessness During Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I was a regular practitioner of Centering Prayer in the 1990's. For the last few years, however, I make time for it in the mornings after reading some scripture, but can't seem to settle down. I cannot seem to empty my thoughts and focus on the sacred word. I get restless to sit for more than 5-10 minutes. Do I need to just grit my teeth and make myself do this?

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Centering Prayer
Is “God is All, in All” a way of saying that God’s immanent?
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I see the title of the new DVD in your store, “God is All, in All”, and it makes me wonder about the transcendent nature of God. Is God transcendent? Or, is “God is All, in All” a way of saying that God’s immanent?

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Contemplative Spirituality
My Heart Has Unfit Edges
Bridget Robinson
Voices of Community

This is dedicated to a very holy ( though she was unaware) seamstress, Ginny, who was one of the most unconditional lovers I know as mom, friend, wife and grandmother.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Mysteries Like Love
Stephen M. Feely
Voices of Community

Reaching out,

there is no edge.

I can see forever,

with eyes of light...

 

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The Practice of Contemplative Living
Crisis of Faith During Troubles
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

The surgery was a success and I am confident that the outlook for both boys is very good. Nevertheless, this time around I have experienced a crisis of faith.

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Centering Prayer
Music During Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I once asked my prayer group if it was permissible to have a melody running through one's head while centering, and their answer was no.

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Centering Prayer
God's Unconditional Love and the Last Judgment
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I have one "very spiritually perplexing question" that our group is unable to answer... If God loves us unconditionally as Father Keating often makes explicit, then how are we to reconcile this with a "last judgment" that is referred to in the Bible.

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Contemplative Spirituality
Be Still and Know that I am God
Kathy Thomson
Voices of Community

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).  It was a verse I had long been familiar with, but what in the world did it mean? ...   The concept of being still and simply consenting to God’s presence and action within me was a foreign one.

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Centering Prayer
Eventide
Ceci LaDuca
Voices of Community

As I sit on my sofa
facing south
I hear the crickets,
little pinpricks of sound
in the night.

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Centering Prayer
Visiting San Quentin
Cherry Haisten
Voices of Community

The purpose of my visit was to introduce some of the “men in blue,” inmates in for the long haul, to the Welcoming Prayer. For ten years, George has been leading a Centering Prayer ministry begun at San Quentin by two Mercy sisters 25 years ago. George felt that the men with an established prayer practice were ready for Welcoming Prayer, an active practice that complements the other 23 hours of the day.

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Welcoming Prayer
Homecoming
Stephen M. Feely
Voices of Community

While seeking to clear my seeing,
so I could really know love,
be love, walk in the world in service to love,

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Centering Prayer
The Welcoming Prayer: Deepening Our Practice of Letting Go and Letting
Michael Erwin
Voices of Community

My name is Michael Erwin. I have been doing Centering Prayer on a daily basis for several years during my incarceration at San Quentin State Prison. I have found that Centering Prayer goes beyond all other forms of meditation that I have done in my life.

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Welcoming Prayer, Prison Ministry
Centering Prayer During Times of Unrest
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Extreme injustices and inflicted cruelty are buried in people's lives.  When these experiences arise (often unexpectedly) as a response to the asking participation in one's own spiritual journey, it is advised to slow down the evacuation process.  How does this affect a daily Centering Prayer practice?  We cannot take away another's hurt or suffering.  When one can't even quiet to sit for Centering Prayer during these times of unrest, from the contemplative point of view, what can we suggest? 

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Centering Prayer
Conversations with God on My Spiritual Journey
Barbara Sullivan
Voices of Community

God is always speaking, but few times have I documented what He has showed me or told me. 
This was one of the times...

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Centering Prayer, The Practice of Contemplative Living
When you are in pain...
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

When you are in pain, can you still practice the Welcoming Prayer if you take pain pills and/or tranquilizers?

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Welcoming Prayer
I Checked the Timer
Mary Purcell
Voices of Community

Some years ago a dear friend gave me a lovely chiming meditation timer encased in a wooden pyramid. You set the timer for the length of time you want to center, press a button, and a tiny red light comes on...

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Centering Prayer
O Ever Emerging Dawn in This My Dark Night ...
Bridget Robinson
Voices of Community

O Lighthouse on hill of tears and mist
    a clearing to the path that leads to the
    inner cloister of Love in which I hope to abide

 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
My daily practice...
Barbara Sullivan
Voices of Community

Breath for the spirit,
Meditation for the mind,

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Centering Prayer

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