Cynthia Bourgeault, in her book, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, tells us: “Perhaps the most powerful argument (for Centering Prayer) is the one from authority. Virtually every spiritual tradition that holds a vision of human transformation at its heart also claims that a practice of intentional silence is a non-negotiable. Period. You just have to do it.”
When I listen to God, I hear just that, that I have to do it. Um, am I hearing that I must take some time not to listen to God? We are told that twenty minutes twice a day is all that is required, so I am going to give it a go and see if I can establish a Centering Prayer habit. When I remember the “Jesus Prayer” experience that I started a few months ago, I have faith that I can do this one. I began saying, “Jesus Christ have mercy on me, ” whenever I remembered, and although I certainly don’t pray without ceasing, I feel I pray it frequently enough to accept that I have formed a habit.
I’ll let you know how I get along with the Centering Prayer. I’ll confess the ups and the downs, the successes and the “try agains.”