ALL WELCOME to Join Kathryn Pile Tuesdays 5pm. Zoom link below
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Last week and for the next two weeks we will reflect on some thoughts from Cynthia Bourgeault in her book, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. This week reflections are on the act of ‘letting go,’ and use of a sacred word. This series can be found on the Carmelite website both as recordings and as notes.
- Cynthia suggests that whatever the “something” is, deep within your unconsciousness, that is engaged by your willingness to yield yourself into the silence will mysteriously remind you when you’re tangled up with a thought, and with little or no resistance you’ll allow your sacred word to release it. She uses Thomas Keating’s metaphor of thoughts as boats floating along the ever-flowing stream of our consciousness. In terms of this metaphor she asks us to imagine ourselves as a scuba diver seated on a rock at the bottom of the riverbed. You can look and see the hulls passing overhead. You don’t have to do anything to prevent their coming and going.
- Occasionally you may find yourself in the presence of a spike of emotional or even physical discomfort. What’s going on is that the relaxed and gentled Centering Prayer is allowing some interior rearrangement to go on. While it may initially feel disconcerting, it is actually a sign that a process of inner healing is under way.
As you prepare to relax in body and mind, to slow your breathing, and enter your meditation, centering your prayer, allow yourself to gradually surrender into this mysterious way to initiate a process of ‘Divine Healing’.
Love and every blessing Kathryn
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, p 35– 39.
Remember to watch an introduction to Centering Prayer Meditation with Kathryn. You can see it here
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Peace and health at this time