02 June 2009

Open Wide Your Heart

Centering prayer is a spiritual discipline that I have found meaningful and rewarding. You may learn more about the practice here. The leader and guiding force of centering prayer is Father Thomas Keating. Here is how he describes the purpose of contemplative outreach.
The purpose of Contemplative Outreach is to . . .bring the experience of the love of God into the world . . . renew the contemplative dimension of life . . . renew the roots of the tradition . . . engender attitudes of respect, collaboration, and love among the world's religions . . . transform human consciousness for our time . . . support all sincere seekers.
The source text for centering prayer is a book by Father Keating called Open Minds, Open Hearts. The title of that book and its contents remind me of the Epistle reading today.
"We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return - I speak as to children - open wide your hearts also." -2 Corinthians 6:11-13
May we open wide our hearts to all of God's creation today.
Here is more about centering prayer from the contemplative outreach website.

In this 8 minute video Father Keating describes the method of centering prayer.

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