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Recommended Reading

*The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery by David Benner

*The Awakened Brain by Lisa Miller

*The Instinct to Heal by David Servan-Schreiber

*The Critical Journey by Janet O Hagberg 

*The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

*The Listening Life by Adam S. McHugh

*A Spirituality of Living by Henri J.M Nouwen 

*God, Medicine, and Suffering by Stanley Hauerwas

*Made to Flourish by ​Shelley Trebesch

*Transforming Twisted Thinking by Jerry Price

*The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk

*Inside Out by Dr. Larry Crabb

*Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory by Deb Dana 

*Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

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Centering prayer: A Contemplative practice.
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Centering prayer: A Contemplative practice.

With roots in ancient mysticism and Eastern Orthodoxy, Centering Prayer seeks to “open our awareness of God who is within us” (Thomas Keating, a chief spokesperson and architect of Centering Prayer). Centering prayer differs from prayer as we usually think of it in that it is a receptive method of prayer. While prayer is usually about talking to God, asking of God, and giving thanks and praise to God, centering prayer is about our focus and emphasizes Heartfulness. Heartfulness is the cultivation of interior silence in relation to the ultimate Love reality. Thus, Centering prayer is a practice of making space in one's heart to center on and hear from Divine Love. Sit in an upright, attentive posture that allows for an erect spine and open heart. Place your hands on your belly or chest.  Gently close your eyes and begin to notice your breath. What is the quality of your breath? If it is shallow, you may like to take a deep breath, feeling your shoulders raise up and down, and then come into a gentle rhythm. Once you have a calm rhythm of breath flowing, bring to mind a word or image as your symbol to consent to the presence and action of The Eternal within you.  Note: Your sacred symbol is intended to be the same every time you pray. It helps to ground you in the present moment, allowing you to give your undivided, loving, yielded attention to God. You may want to choose a name for God or a characteristic of God, such as Love, Peace, etc.  (“In centering prayer, the sacred word is not the object of the attention but rather the expression of the intention of the will.” Fr. Thomas Keating) Silently, with eyes closed, allow your breath to flow from your belly, through your heart center, to the top of your head, and back down...quieting your mind. As you notice your thoughts, release them and gently return to your sacred symbol. Once you have returned to center, release your word as well. Do this as many times as you notice your thoughts. Don’t forget, this is not about “getting it right”; there’s no judgment in this practice.  When your prayer period is over, transition slowly from your prayer practice to thanksgiving and into your active life.
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