THE EFFECTS OF CENTERING PRAYER
The positive effects of the prayer are experienced in daily life and not necessarily during the prayer period itself. During this prayer, avoid analyzing the experience, or having expectations such as: continuously repeating the sacred word; having no thoughts; achieving a spiritual experience. It is important not to judge the success of your prayer period. The only thing you can do wrong in this prayer is to get up and leave. You may find yourself getting in touch with feelings of pain, lust, or fear, even remembering feelings or events you forgot about long ago. There is no way to change or repair the damage of a lifetime EASILY or QUICKLY.
Everyone moves at his or her own pace in Centering Prayer. Just doing the prayer and opening our self to the presence of our Higher Power in silence will encourage you to keep going.
Growth will happen when we practice Centering Prayer in the context of the 12 Steps.
- Enhances our ability to “Let Go and Let God”
- Develops in us a nonjudgmental attitude of ourselves and others
- We grow in self knowledge which at times may be painful
- Emerging capacity to listen and serve others
- Nurtures our ability to live in the present moment
SOME PRACTICAL POINTS
1) Twenty minutes of Centering Prayer twice a day is recommended.
2) If you notice slight physical or emotional pain arising during the prayer, pay no attention and return ever so gently to the sacred word.
3) It is suggested that you join a weekly Centering Prayer Group or find others in recovery willing to meet on a regular basis, to support one another in this practice.