Prayer of the Heart — Prayer of the Heart meets every Thursday afternoon here in the Newcomb Room from 5:30-6:30 PM. For those who wish to stay, there is an additional opportunity to share joys and concerns and join in prayer together. Prayer of the Heart begins with twenty minutes of silent meditation, followed by twenty minutes of conversation focusing on the spiritual aspect of our life experiences and the spiritual journey, and then ends with another twenty minutes of silence. Prayer of the Heart includes people from other churches and no church, Buddhists and agnostics as well as Christians, who find common ground in the practice of silent meditation and the sharing of the spiritual journey. All are welcome—no prior experience necessary. And don’t worry about coming in late—many do. Just come in quietly and take a seat. If you have questions, call or email the church (785-2915 or email@example.com [firstname.lastname@example.org].).
Below you will find tips on practicing Centering Prayer during the silence, but you are welcome to meditate in any way that works for you.
A few tips on practicing Centering Prayer during the silence:
1. Make yourself comfortable, sitting with your back straight and both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Allow a sacred word or short phrase to arise and repeat silently as necessary during the meditation time. It can be a word like God, Peace, Spirit, Love, Trust, or a short phrase or prayer like “All is Well” or “I am with God” — whatever comes to you. This is not a mantra, it does not have to have any particular meaning. Once you choose your word or phrase, do not change it— keep it for the duration of the meditation.
2. Sit in silence and stillness, and silently introduce the sacred word/phrase as a symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within you. And as thoughts come into your mind, notice them and let them go by repeating your sacred word or phrase.
3. Do not think about the meaning of the word/phrase you choose, or wonder if it is the “right” one or if it is “working”. The word/phrase is only a tool to take you back into stillness. Resist no thought, Retain no thought, React to no thought, Return gently to the sacred word/phrase.