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4 Oct 1999 –13 Nov 2003 Victoria, BC –
from Transcript of Audio Recording of Cynthia Bourgeault’s Commentaries on:
Living Presence by Kabir Edmund Helminski

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(nb: this is a transcription of a ten minute talk given by Cynthia Bourgeault at the Center for Action and Contemplation [https://cac.org/] “Trinity The Soul Of Creation” Conference held 6-8 April 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico in which she introduces the Christian meditation practice of Centering Prayer.)

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Cynthia Bourgeault offers an important caution for practitioners of Centering Prayer.

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There is no such thing as a prayer in which “nothing is done” or “nothing happens,” although there may well be a prayer in which nothing is perceived or felt or thought. 46

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Prayer is then not just a formula of words, or a series of desires springing up in the heart – it is the orientation of our whole body, mind and spirit to God in silence, attention, and adoration. All good meditative prayer is a conversion of our entire self to God. 44

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4. When we sit in silent prayer, we are expressing our heart’s deepest desire to be open to God and to live with an awareness of God’s presence.

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3. Centering Prayer is the practice of putting aside all those things in our lives that fill up the “clay jar” and prevent us from being aware of our true treasure, the presence of God. We call this putting aside “surrender” or “letting go.”

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So, what if a child should express an interest in learning about silent prayer? What are we to tell a child or young person who might ask about our prayer practice?

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Here are two more skills that might encourage children we influence to adopt a meditation practice.

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The importance of modelling for children if we hope they might grow up to choose a meditation practice, means two things for adults who might feel inclined to guide children towards silent prayer:

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