Deepening our Meditation Practice in Community
This workshop will draw on material from David Frenette's book The Path of Centering Prayer, and is open to those starting out with a meditation practice and experienced practitioners. It will also offer fresh perspectives for people who have a different form of meditation.
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Open to those starting out with a meditation practice and experienced practitioners. It will also offer fresh perspectives for people who have a different form of meditation. If you're new to centering prayer, ideally you will have attended the earlier beginners session.
The workshop will combine short presentations, contemplative time in silence, some simple chanting, and space for heart sharing. We will explore:
The method Centering Prayer - recapping the basics
Contemplation as a gift of grace.
Deepening our consent - our yes - to God in prayer.
Working with the other sacred symbols - the sacred breath, the sacred glance (image), and the sacred nothingness
Self-emptying (kenosis) and how our contemplative practice opens us to participate in the divine dance.
The session will be presented by Liz Day, who has been practising centering prayer for 16 years. During this time she has offered and taken part in many workshops, groups and retreats on centering prayer and the Christian contemplative tradition, and she has studied with national and international teachers.
Liz says: "I recently presented this material over 8 evenings. It proved to be a deeply enriching experience, for all of us I think - looking at some of the more subtle nuances of Centering Prayer, and reflecting on our own experience of contemplative practice through the eyes of a master practitioner. I'm looking forward to recapping the material in a different format, and unpacking it further."
Tea and coffee will be provided. A simple soup lunch will be offered at the end of the session for those who would like to stay for some time of fellowship.
This workshop is offered on a gift basis - pay what feels right for you. We are asking for a £12 payment up front as a token of commitment and to reserve your place - this can be revised - up or down - on the day.
Here's the booking link again - http://bit.ly/deepening-cp
Feedback from a recent group facilitated by Liz
"I really enjoyed the 8 weeks. I think Liz is very skilled at holding the space and keeping a balance between our contributions and the plan for the session. It felt respectful and loving and I didn't feel inhibited about joining in, even though my experience has been very different to that of most of the other participants. I really valued being part of this loving, accepting and thought provoking group." Penny Marais
"This group was invaluable to me - the practice, conversations, explanations, silence and quite deep sharing for a newly formed gathering. Above all I think it was the sincere intention from everyone to seek. Thank you Liz for your generous leadership; without a ‘know it all’ perspective but what felt to me like a genuine shared journey." Lynne Davies
More about centering prayer
For those new to centering prayer - it is a non-conceptual, silent meditation practice, originally pioneered by Trappist monk Fr Thomas Keating in the 1970s. It is now practised by thousands of communities and individuals worldwide - including 12 step recovery groups - and an organising body called Contemplative Outreach provides support and resources.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Liz on
07951 928877 or firstname.lastname@example.org