Centering Prayer opportunity 

What is Centering Prayer?  It is a form of silent prayer – meditation, if you will – not based on concentration or even awareness, but on that inner gesture of letting go, in service to ‘Thy will, not mine, be done’. 
It is a prayer of our intention to consent to God’s presence and action within, beyond any expectation and our own judgments of how we’re doing.  Extraneous thoughts arise – it’s our human condition – and when we realise we are caught up in them, we release them, by returning to our chosen individual sacred word.  This is with the gentlest and least effort possible. 
Thomas Keating wrote in Open Mind, Open Heart: “The sacred word is a way of renewing your intention to open yourself to God and to accept God as God is. While this does not prevent anyone from praying in other forms at other times, the period of Centering Prayer is not the time to pray specifically for others. 
“By opening yourself to God, you are implicitly praying for everyone, past, present and future.  You are embracing the whole of creation.  You are accepting all reality, beginning with God and with that part of your own reality of which you may not generally be aware, namely, the spiritual level of your being.”
Debbie House and Tony Mooney are setting up a Centering Prayer group, fortnightly to start with, to take place at St Luke’s Church, Aylsham Road, Norwich NR3 2HF early Friday evening, 6.30pm to 7.45pm, on 16 February, 2 March, 16 March.
We will go over the guidelines and then meditate for 20 minutes, and have time afterwards to share between ourselves as we wish – the future format of the group will depend on what people would like.  If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact Debbie on or Tony on  Everyone is welcome, whether you already have a silent prayer practice or not – and we’d love to see you!

Debbie House

Tim Lenton, 15/02/2018