The Method of Centering Prayer
A Centering Prayer period typically should last for twenty minutes. As one develops the practice this period can be extended. Two periods of the prayer are recommended daily, one first thing in the morning and a second in the afternoon or evening. The method of Centering Prayer is based on four simple guidelines:
1. Choose a sacred word as a symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
2. Sitting comfortably, (but not too comfortably which may induce sleep) your back straight and with your eyes closed, settle briefly and then silently introduce the sacred word as a symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
3. When you engage with thoughts, return ever so gently to the sacred word.
4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence for a few minutes with your eyes closed.