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Centering Prayer - Awaken the Heart

Starting Monday, September 9, 2019 7:00pm-8:30pm

Meets Monthly on the Second Monday  - September 2019 thru April 2020 
Come to one or all of the sessions

Facilitated by Laura Demairis

Centering Prayer is a form of contemplation or meditation that has been practiced for centuries within the Christian tradition. It is simply a way to learn how to experience God as a loving presence within our lives. The fruits of Centering Prayer are rich. They are expressed in our daily lives as we becomes more present, more flexible and forgiving with those we work and live with, and more honest and comfortable with ourselves. The Heart is Awakened to the Presence within.

All are welcome to come join us each month - both beginner and experienced.

September - Experience the Presence of God

In contemplation, we learn that God's presence dwells within. The initial act of entering into contemplation is being curious as to what this means, being willing to explore, to awaken to this reality. Thomas Merton says that contemplation begins when we open to the presence of God within our life.

October - Experience the Presence of God

The sixteenth century mystic, St John of the Cross said that "Silence was God's first language". The presence of God is always a personal experience. There is one aspect that is alwasy present - Silence. The silence of Centering Prayter is a gift. It is a pathway to awakening our heart to the divine presence within. As you enter the silence, you will discover your active mind. We will discuss ways to overcome this active mind and relax into silence.

November - Let Go and Let God

The goal of Centering Prayer is to develop our ability to connect to our inner presence in intentional silence. To be successful, we have to set ego aside for a time. We will discuss the role of ego in our lives and what it means to connect to our deeper center of heart awareness. Matthew 6:6 says "When you pray, go into your private room and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place.

December - Living in the Now. Living in the Moment

There are many fruits of Centering Prayer. As we become conscience of Divine Presence in our lives, we begin to experience the world as a sacred space. Spirit is alive everywhere. We notice that we are more patient, more vulnerable, more accepting and loving. We will examine ways to recognize the Divine Presence in our daily life.

January - New Year’s Resolution: Intend to recognize God in our daily lives

A basic premise of Centering Prayer is to make an ‘intention’ to recognize the presence of God in our daily lives. It isn’t about how good we are at our Centering Prayer practice. It is more about what happens afterwards. Thomas Merton says that contemplation begins when we open to the presence of God within our life.

February - Contemplation is not what I do, but what God does in me

Contemplation requires a radical shift in thinking.Deep contemplative prayer is not so much learning how to contemplate God by some method or practice, as it is becoming aware that it is God who is contemplating us. (Rock Wiemier, OFM)

March - Awaken the Heart

Our heart, not our mind, is our organ for spiritual perception. Contemplation awakens our heart. This is a fruit of Centering Prayer. We experience a spaciousness in our heart. We begin to see with more clarity. We start to let go of old habits as we gain insight.

April - Living in the Now. Living in the Moment

There are many fruits of Centering Prayer. As we become conscience of Divine Presence in our lives, we begin to experience the world as a sacred space. Spirit is alive everywhere. We notice that we are more patient, more vulnerable, more accepting and loving. We will examine ways to recognize the Divine Presence in our daily life.

$10/session • Pre-registration is requested by noon the day of each session

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Tau Center
26W171 Roosevelt Rd
Entrance 5
Wheaton, IL 60187

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Established in 2005 by the Wheaton Franciscans, who live intentionally as a presence of blessing in our world, the Tau Center is committed to the transformation of our world by providing diverse opportunities that support personal growth and spiritual development. We offer a sacred space to assist individuals on their own spiritual journey – whether it is to reconnect with their inner-spirit or whether they are seeking a deeper relationship with God and the world around them. Our programs encourage an awakening of the spirit that leads to hope, healing, peace and transformation.

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