This week we will commence a short series of meditations using the work of Gerald May’s book, The Dark Night Of the Soul on a similar theme to the past meditations on The Cloud of Unknowing; the connection between Darkness (or Unknowing) and spiritual growth. Gerald uses the theology of St Teresa and St John of the Cross to describe this connection.
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.
- For Teresa and John, contemplation has no roots in human intent or effort except for the deep and secret welcoming, the yes that we often don’t even know we’re saying. Classical descriptions of contemplation frequently include two qualities. First, awareness is open. In contemplation, effortful focusing disappears and awareness assumes an open, all embracing panoramic quality. The second is centeredness in the present moment. This is the timeless moment of the mystics, the eternal now.
- Openness and present –centeredness of awareness can be practiced and developed somewhat. The simple practice of attending to one’s breathing. Attempting to notice every aspect of the breath without controlling or influencing it. Over time this practice can lead us to the capacity to choose openness and immediacy more readily. And whilst this may rise and fall, one unwavering constant remains: contemplation- is loving.
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 loving; knowing we encounter true, unattached love only by falling into it, waking up to discover it, or often being surprised by it…”Into your hands Lord…”
Love and every blessing
Gerald May, The Dark Night of The Soul: 106-112.
We are using this app to assist at other times you may wish to meditate
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