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Practicing Centering Prayer

On Sunday night, we learned from two contemplative activists – Phileena Heuertz and Lynne Hybels – about the discipline of Centering Prayer.  As you practice this week, here are a few more wise thoughts.  So helpful!

(1) After The Practice, we sat down with Phileena to ask her advice for those of us who are giving Centering Prayer a try this week…

 (2) A few years ago, Lynne wrote a letter to her dad about Centering Prayer.  This is a wonderful, loving, and humble explanation of the ancient practice…

Centering Prayer
Lynne Hybels

In 1999, my father had a heart attack.  Though he eventually recovered fully, his recuperation was slow and accompanied by extreme anxiety.  While praying for him one morning, I decided to share with him a spiritual discipline that had been helping me.  I wrote him a lengthy letter, explaining this discipline.  I think the letter served him well, but I know it has served me well, for each time I get careless in this discipline I reread this letter to remind myself why I started this to begin with and why I need to continue.  

Read Lynne Hybels’ Letter to her Father

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Finally, please remember to be compassionate with yourself as you begin this practice.  Centering Prayer is not something to achieve or conquer…but simply a way to allow ourselves to get swept up in God’s unforced rhythms of Grace.  It’s all Grace!

Blessings as you get swept up…
Aaron and The Practice team

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  • Diann says:

    I learned of this type of prayer many years ago. It is beyond words the depth of connection between God and my soul and spirit that I experience. It is a depth of intimacy that almost leaves one exhausted then rejuvenated. I so agree with Lynne discussing the healing that took place deep inside her — really inexplainable until it is experienced.

  • Shelly Griffin says:

    Thank you for sharing Lynne’s letter…so clear. I appreciate the “still the waters of the soul” illustration.

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