5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
Centering Prayer is not about:
- It’s not about attaining a state of bliss, peace, or stillness.
- It’s not about developing “single-pointed concentration.”
- It’s not about establishing a steady “I am” or witnessing presence.
- It’s not about reducing stress or improving physical or emotional wellness (although these are indeed common side effects).
- It’s not about receiving messages from God.
Simple Steps for Centering Prayer
1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your willingness to consent to God’s presence and action within.
2. Sitting comfortably 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.
3. When engaged with your thoughts, return ever so gently to the sacred word.
4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.