8:15am in the Lounge
Deep calls to deep at the thunder of my cataracts. . . .
Move away from anxiety and business. Move into peace and abundant love. Come learn a way of praying that can help you stay awake to God's presence in your life. See Katie Kinnison, Sandy Tullet, Cora Kuyvenhoven or Jeff Roedel for more information.
Life moves so fast, and it is so full. Sometimes you just want some peace, some quiet, some sense of spaciousness.
You crave God’s peace. You want to get off the roller coaster and still the squirrels that are racing around inside your brain.
You don’t need to find the right words for this kind of prayer. You just show up and let yourself be held by Love that will not let you go. Covenant works hard to be the kind of community where you can just show up and be loved, and Centering Prayer is that kind of prayer.
Twenty minutes of silence. Twenty minutes of just showing up and receiving what God has to give us. It is not always easy to be still, but it is great practice. It reminds us that we get to bear God’s love into the world, and that the Holy Spirit is ready to work in and through us.
How do you do Centering Prayer? Find a comfortable position, with your spine straight, feet flat on the floor, and your head slightly down. Most people close their eyes. Take some deep breaths and let go of all those squirrley thoughts racing around your mind. Say your “sacred word” (yes, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Holy One, Ground of Being) and turn your intent toward God.
Let your thoughts and feelings be like a river flowing above you. If you find yourself climbing on board one of them and planning the rest of your day or trying to solve a problem, just say your sacred word and gently return your attention to that space inside you where God dwells.
We do this for 20 minutes. The worst that can happen is that you return to God 20,000 times in 20 minutes! As you practice, you will find yourself -- more and more -- in a vast spaciousness of perfect surrender and acceptance. The real benefit of Centering Prayer is what it opens up in your life, how you become more present, more full of peace, more centered amidst the busyness of life. You are better able to love well.