"For thus says the LORD: Your hurt is incurable, your wound is grievous. There is no one to uphold your cause, no medicine for your wound, no healing for you. All your lovers have forgotten you; they care nothing for you." (Jeremiah 30:12-14)
Life is full of pain. Centering prayer is a way to heal the emotional wounds of a lifetime. It is a prayer of silence. Here is more about centering prayer.
Welcoming prayer is similar to centering prayer. The Welcoming Prayer is a method of actively letting go of thoughts and feelings that support the false-self system. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored - in the body. The method of the Welcoming Prayer includes noticing the feelings, emotions, thoughts and sensations in your body, welcoming them, and then letting them go. Practicing the Welcoming Prayer offers one the opportunity to make choices free of the false-self system — responding instead of reacting to the present moment.
The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen one's relationship with God through consenting to God's presence and action in the ordinary activities of daily life. In this way, the Welcoming Prayer supports all forms of prayer, like Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, which share the purpose of growing in relationship with God through consenting to His presence and action.
Our loving God wants to heal us: "For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the LORD, because they have called you an outcast."
Centering prayer and the welcome prayer are about coming to know God as a friend.