This page is for those who can (or would like to try to) sit without moving, while practicing presence, and total loving attention to the Beloved.
ON THIS PAGE:
- Breath Prayer
- Christian Meditation by Fr John Main, OSB
- Centering Prayer by Fr T Keating, OCSO
- Lectio Divina by Fr L Dysinger, OSB
- Mindful Breathing by Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master
These are prayers you can do anytime wthout disturbing anyone. It is simply recalling to mind a prayer phrase (as in breathe in Thy Will / breathe out be done), bible phrase (as in Into your hands / I commit my spirit.), or a whole prayer (as in The Lord's Prayer below), said quietly very slowly, in time with the breath.
The Lord's Prayer. You can pray The Lord's Prayer in this way: one line per inhale, the next line on the exhale. Like, slowly breathing in, Our Father, slowly breathing out, Who art in heaven, and so on. If you can't remember what's next, go back to the beginning. You might not say the whole prayer without losing your way, but it is practicing presence. It is not a competition to become a Prayer Ninja!
Christian Meditation by Fr John Main, OSB, Benedictine monk
“Sit down. Sit still and upright. Close your eyes lightly. Sit relaxed but alert. Silently, interiorly begin to say a single word. We recommend the prayer-phrase maranatha (Aramaic for 'Lord Jesus, come.'). Recite it as four syllables of equal length. Listen to it as you say it, gently but continuously. Do not think or imagine anything – spiritual or otherwise. If thoughts or images come, these are distractions at the time of meditation, so keep returning to simply saying the word. Meditate each morning and evening for between twenty and thirty minutes.”
Learn more about this way of meditation.
Centering Prayer by Fr Thomas Keating, OCSO, Trappist monk
"Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to cooperate with this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier time (e.g., The Cloud of Unknowing) in an updated form and to put a certain order and regularity into it. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; it simply puts other kinds of prayer into a new and fuller perspective. During the time of prayer we consent to God’s presence and action within. At other times our attention moves outward to discover God’s presence everywhere."
Learn the method of centering prayer.
Lectio Divina by Fr Luke Dysinger, OSB, Benedictine monk
Lectio divina is a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures. Time set aside in a special way for lectio divina enables us to discover in our daily life an underlying spiritual rhythm. Within this rhythm, we discover an increasing ability to offer more of ourselves and our relationships to the Father, and to accept the embrace that God is continuously extending to us in the person of his son, Jesus Christ.
Learn the method of lectio divina.
Mindful Breathing by Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master
"Our breathing is a stable solid ground that we can take refuge in. Regardless of our internal weather- our thoughts, emotions and perceptions- our breathing is always with us like a faithful friend. Whenever we feel carried away, or sunken in a deep emotion, or scattered in worries and projects, we return to our breathing to collect and anchor our mind. We feel the flow of air coming in and going out of our nose. We feel how light and natural, how calm and peaceful our breathing functions. At any time, while we are walking, gardening, or typing, we can return to this peaceful source of life. We might want to recite:
"Breathing in I know that I am breathing in.
Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.”
Learn more about mindfulness meditation and living.