Getting Started with Centering Prayer

If you are attracted to the contemplative dimension of Christian teachings and practices and don’t know where to begin, you may find these suggestions useful:

  • Pray for guidance, discernment and wisdom, that you may be clearly guided and drawn by God's will for you.

  • Read Thomas Keating’s book, Open Mind, Open Heart.

  • Take an Introduction to the Centering Prayer Workshop to learn the method, and begin your daily prayer practice.

  • Attend the continuing sessions to the Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop to establish your daily practice and to learn more about the conceptual context of the prayer.

  • Attend a local Centering Prayer support group to support your daily practice and your growing relationship with God and others along the way. Find a local prayer group .

  • Practice Centering Prayer for a minimum of 20 minutes, twice each day, with the intention of deepening your relationship with God.