ALL WELCOME to Join Kathryn Pile Tuesdays 5pm. Zoom link below
Meeting ID: 878 9247 9188 Passcode: 401430
Dear Meditators 19 July 2022
For the next three weeks we will reflect on some thoughts from Cynthia Bourgeault in her book, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. This week simply on the intention of ‘being,’ followed next week by the act of ‘letting go,’ and finally on the transformative aspect of the practice.
The aim of our session is always to reflect this practice: to create a sacred space for God’s Presence…and to maintain our intention towards that Presence, through breath, image or word (if distracted), and ultimately through silence… experience a response from God’s Presence at an individual heart felt level. This is the heart of Centering Prayer.
- Cynthia writes, from the start one learns to recognize and prefer the simple act of release to whatever could be had by holding on. The act of recognizing and trusting this connection is usually the turning point in the struggle to let go of even the experience of insights and illuminations. After repeated practice, simply sitting there in the darkness, the Mystery begins to reveal itself: the dark is neither dark or empty, rather it is the core of our own true perceptivity. Once this truth begins to be glimpsed, the practice ceases to be a burden and instead begins to sparkle with the joy of discovery and imminence of encounter. In the center of one’s nothingness one meets the infinitely real…this unseen person who makes his presence known to us.
- We can call the unseen person, Christ, God, or our own deepest self, and as Matthew 6:6, tells us, prayer to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
As you begin to relax now in body and mind, slow your breathing, and enter your meditation, centering your prayer, allowing yourself to be open to the simple act of release…recognising and trusting this connection… simply sitting there in the darkness…allowing the Mystery to reveal itself.
Love and every blessing
Cynthia Bourgeault – Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening
Remember to watch an introduction to Centering Prayer Meditation with Kathryn. You can see it here
Let me know how you are finding this time – If you have any suggestions or requests. I always like to hear from you. Kathryn