If you would like to take a big step on your journey to a deeper spirituality, consider practicing Centering Prayer. This form of meditation in the Christian tradition is a simple practice of sitting quietly and being open to the presence of God. The practitioner selects a word or phrase to assist in letting go of thoughts, feelings and sensations and returning to an openness to God. Centering prayer can have many specific benefits, but the greatest is the deepening of one’s encounter with God that changes and enlarges one’s perspective, enabling the practitioner to be truly compassionate toward others, as Jesus teaches. YouTube has short explanatory videos by Fr. Thomas Keating and longer ones by Cynthia Bourgeault.
Centering Prayer can be practiced in a group or alone, but a group setting is a good way to start. St. V’s group meets on first and third Sundays at 8:45 AM for 30 minutes. Group meets in the classroom near the parking lot. You can also enter through the church to find the classroom.