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Meditation and Centering Prayer Rick Fredericks
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What is Meditation? Meditation is an ancient mental exercise often associated with several religions throughout the world. Some religions use meditation as a means of reaching enlightenment or for getting closer to the Divine, but it has also been used as a method of calming the mind.
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Centering Prayer Lectio Divinia Lectio Divinia is the most traditional way of cultivating friendship with Christ. This is a way of listening to the texts of scripture as if it is a conversation with Christ and he was suggesting the topics.
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Centering Prayer Contemplative Prayer is the opening of the mind and heart to God. Contemplative Prayer is a process of interior purification leading, if we consent, to divine union. Contemplative Prayer
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Centering Prayer Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to cooperate with this. It isn’t meant to replace other forms of prayer, it puts them into a new perspective.
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Centering Prayer Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. Sitting comfortable and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within When you become aware of thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes. Guidelines
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Centering Prayer The sacred word The sacred word should be chosen during a brief period of prayer asking the holy spirit to inspire us with one that is especially suitable for us. Once chosen, the word cannot be changed during the period, because it would mean we began to think again A substitution for this would be to look inward towards God’s presence Explanation
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Centering Prayer Sitting Comfortably This means to sit in a comfortable position, but not so much that it causes you to fall asleep. You can sit however you wish, only requirement is you
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Ernst during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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