One of the beautiful things about contemplation is that it is an experience or a state of being that can be approached from many different directions. While some forms of contemplation are best known (silence, contemplative reading), other forms feel more peripheral. Yet, each person will thrive best when practicing the “languages of contemplation” that are the best fit for their personality and interests. This could be through contemplative walks or chant-singing or praying with a rosary or doing yoga. This term we will be exploring the various languages of contemplation and hoping that everyone can connect with those which are most life-giving for them.
We’ll start with “centering prayer” as this is one of the most ancient and classical forms of contemplation using a combination of silence and a “prayer word” to open up space for a person to quiet the distracting voices and stresses in their head and body, and consenting to be present to their inner being and the presence of God.
If you’re not at our first session or if you want to remind yourself of the basic method of centering prayer, check out Thomas Keating’s introduction to centering prayer.