People in all walks of life are feeling too busy with too much noise in their lives. More and more of us are realising that we need to take time to assess our own spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
This weekend, Denis Gleeson cfc is running a Centering Prayer retreat which participants will make room for quiet contemplation, to reflect, to pray, to erase the mind of the past and of the future and enjoy a couple of hours away from the busyness of daily life.
What is Centering Prayer?
Centering Prayer is a non-verbal and non-conceptual, Christian method of praying. Ideas and words are not needed. As a prayer of silence, it draws upon the rich Christian heritage of contemplative prayer.
The benefits of Centering Prayer are to be seen in our daily life rather than during the prayer itself. Our core goodness begins to express itself in growing compassion for ourselves and for those around us. We may notice a greater appreciation of silence and an enhanced capacity to listen. We may become more comfortable with our own company and experience the slow growth of self-knowledge. This will include an ability to let go, greater self-acceptance and greater acceptance of our given life circumstances. Finally, we may find ourselves reaching out to others in practical, non-judgmental and caring service reflecting the social justice message of the Gospel.
Centering Prayer is not a retreat into silence and self-absorption. It is an ongoing encounter with the God of silence that radically transforms us, redefines our life stance and our relationship with God and ultimately places us at the service of others.
Unbinding Christian Faith: Free to Be by Br Denis Gleeson (pages 154 – 155).
Introduction to Centering Prayer takes place from October 19th 9:30 am to October 20th 2:00 pm