Zoom Link 9 March – Centering Prayer with Kathryn Pile
This week, our Meditation words come from the (1961) Penguin translation of The Cloud of Unknowing written in the late 14th century, and from a more modern rendering into Meditation prose, from Where Only Love Can Go. Our theme this week- love is at the core. These words are intentional. It’s a time to experience where and if any word or phrase stands out for you. Take what you need of them into your silence as your centering prayer.
The Cloud tells us:
- That this is a ‘book of contemplation, the which is called the cloud of unknowing, in the which a soul is oned with God’. Contemplation is not the pleasant reaction to a celestial sunset, nor is it the perpetual sound of heavenly birdsong. It is not even an emotion. It is the awareness of God, known and loved at the core of one’s being. But always it is the basic sense of ‘otherness’ to which the soul turns as to home, and without which it finds life insupportable; an unknowing, knowing.
From our Meditation prose using the words set out by The Cloud:
- Let God be who he is…do not try to make him otherwise…be content…rest your prayer on simple faith, empty of everything but your own existence and the existence of God. Only then can God, through his grace, let you know and experience him as he really is, let you know and experience yourself as you really are.
As you begin to relax now in body and mind, slow your breathing, and enter your meditation, centering your prayer, your in-most being on your will and intention, on simply being in the presence of God who is. God be who you are for me.
Love and every blessing
The Cloud of Unknowing, (Penguin translation 1961): – p 46-48.
Where Only Love Can Go – The Cloud of Unknowing – p 38-40.
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Remember to watch an introduction to Centering Prayer Meditation with Kathryn. You can see it here
Let us know how you are finding this time – we always like to hear from you😊
Peace and health at this time
Irene & Damien