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Praying with the Eyes of the Heart
Carol Quest
Voices of Community

Minnesota Contemplative Outreach sponsored an event called “Praying with the Eyes of the Heart.”  We gathered at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and began with Centering Prayer and then went in groups of four into the museum, each group guided by a “museum sage.” ... 

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
Reflections on the Beginnings of Centering Prayer
Anne Mazza
Voices of Community

“In the silence we are guided by the spirit.”
Thomas Keating

As I sit and think about my life’s journey, I am keenly aware of God’s presence and . . .

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Centering Prayer
Presence in the Silence
Niamh Brennan
Voices of Community

I had been working as a hospital chaplain for just a few months, when one morning I visited a patient (let’s call her Joan) who was due to have complicated cardiac surgery later that morning. The moment I entered her private room I realised that she was consumed by anxiety.

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Centering Prayer, Heartfulness, 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
About Contemplative Outreach Dublin
Rev'd Robert Lawson
Voices of Community

Contemplative Outreach Dublin has been in existence for 10 years and currently has 11 active volunteers on the team. As autumn approaches it signals the time for preparing for the year ahead. We are currently planning our Second Saturday Programme.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Father Thomas Keating
A Homemade Psalm
Earl Lowen
Voices of Community

Oh God, an owl in the night calls out over and again...
"who...who-who ... are you?"

Dawn awakens the winter trees' long bony fingers, scratching at the
clouds..." tell us...tell us... where are you, God?"

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Centering Prayer
Lessons
Deb Neal Johnston
Voices of Community

The Real  only comes to some-
to those listening. To those who
can endure the fathomless silence,
starting first in your core, then spreading throughout the room, through
shut windows.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Sacred Pathways Into Centering Prayer
Jim Reale
Voices of Community

“The contemplative dimension is the heart and soul of every religion. It initiates the movement into higher states of consciousness.  The great wisdom teachings of the Vedas, Upanishads, Buddhist Sutras, Old and New testaments, and the Koran-to name a few of the best known-bear witness to this truth.” This is the initial thought Fr. Thomas Keating chose to begin his writings in Manifesting God. Knowing Fr. Thomas’ immense respect for universal wisdom, his mind and heart always open to the Ultimate Reality, could we say that the teachings and practices from other wisdom traditions have the potential to enhance, enrich, and prepare us for the practice of Centering Prayer?

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silence
verserver
Voices of Community

let us go adore him
let us go implore him
my soul
to make us whole

let us stop
and just drop
all attractions

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
What are you doing here? A Centering Prayer Reflection
Neil Foley
Voices of Community

... Like so many before, I started by first seeking happiness – that illusive entity which is so physical and sensory when young. Happiness seemed to equate to pleasure, but pleasure is a fickle and fleeting ally. No sooner was I satisfied when I would desire again. Like the wind, it could be felt but not grasped. God was not in such pleasure. ...

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Spiritual Journey
A Blessed Psalm
Bryan Vosseler
Voices of Community

Blessed are those who, when there is nowhere left to go, turn inward; for they shall find the Center of all.
                             Your love sustains

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Contemplative Spirituality
What Centering Prayer Means To Me
Alegria Kent
Voices of Community

In retirement, I found myself lost and without an identity. It was a great loss to find that all of a sudden so many of the props that held my identity upright were gone.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Taking a Break From Our Personality
Ruby M. Shelton
Voices of Community

Is humility to look down at others, wear not too lavish clothes, not standing up for yourself?  I think that humility is to take a break from our personality and observe a total and complete action of surrender to God.

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Spiritual Journey
Out of My Mind, Into My Heart
Todd Friesen
Voices of Community

I began to wonder if they were right after a snowstorm grounded my connecting flight and I found myself on a crowded van climbing over icy mountain passes. It was pitch dark by the time I arrived at St. Benedict’s Monastery and so I just went straight to bed.

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Centering Prayer, Retreats
Reflections on San Antonio Board Meeting
Pat Johnson
Voices of Community

When I lean into the first impressions I had of the meeting with the Board and the Transition Advisory Team in San Antonio this past May 2017, the words that come to me are CLICKING CLOSENESS.  This was my first time at a face-to-face meeting with everyone.  What has been built among the group is total openness, honesty, respect, loads of humor, and a huge amount of love.  It was palpable and contagious.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Governing Board Updates Voices of Community

As Pat Johnson prepares to retire from her role as administrator of Contemplative Outreach Ltd. at the end of 2018, the governing board agreed by consensus to appoint her to serve as a member of the board.  The term of this volunteer position is for two years beginning January 1, 2019.  The appointment would fill the vacancy left by Lois Snowden’s departure after four years of dedicated service.

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Yahuwah’s Love
Mark Lybarger-Monson
Voices of Community

Yahuwah, as a child in your Garden offering You your flowers,
You smile tenderly and hold me in your arms for hours.
Yahuwah, I live in your Heart, offering You your Love…

 

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Heartfulness, The Living Flame
His Silent Valley
R.H. Burke
Voices of Community

It is another day in the Lord.
     I step from my room into the silence of the valley –
     an almost audible silence that is the language of God.

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Centering Prayer
The Story of the Cloak: A legend Attributed to St. Bridget, Patroness of Ireland, circa 452 – 525
Fionnuala Quinn, OP
Voices of Community

As the story is told, Brigid went to the King of Leinster to tell him she needed land upon which to build a monastery.

"You do, you do," replied the king. "How much do you need?"

"We need only the land my cloak will cover – no more," she answered.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Father Thomas Keating
A Very Different Holy Week
Marge Rafftery
Voices of Community

How could we make Holy Week special?  My husband cannot make the 3 p.m. Good Friday service as feeding time is 3:30 p.m.  There was no way either of us could take in the beautiful Holy Thursday ceremony then stay for a holy hour or two afterwards as we had for so many years before. 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Retreats
Snorkeling in God
Mark Lybarger-Monson
Voices of Community

Floating
Breathing, Exploring
Feeling, Observing, Appreciating

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Centering Prayer and Embodied Contemplative Practices – My Experience
Josefina Fernandez
Voices of Community

The article in the January 2018 e-bulletin, "Contemplative Movement" by Robin Gates, affirmed so many experiences that I observed during the first few years of my Centering Prayer practice. I noticed that my body began asking for movement as never before during reading, working on the computer, attending conferences, etc.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
I Slid Off … and Found God
Jeanne Jemison
Voices of Community

The slippery slope of questioning the fundamentals of belief .... I slid off AND.. found GOD; GOD bigger than our beliefs, than our understanding...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Letter to Fr. Thomas from Ken Wilber
Ken Wilber
Voices of Community

A letter that Ken Wilber sent to Father Thomas shortly before he passed.

 

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Father Thomas Keating
Called to the Desert
Sharon Graham
Voices of Community

Ordinary time is over and now we are presented with a different, sacred time: one of fasting, reflection and penance. This period of Lent mirrors the forty days Christ spent in the desert connecting deeply with the Father.

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Liturgy, Spiritual Journey