In this Rich Lewis interview we discuss centering prayer and returning to the well of faith. Centering prayer is a Christian contemplative practice and form of meditation, where you sit in silence and make yourself available to receive god’s presence. If the mind wanders you can use a holy word or focus on the breath. But the goal of centering prayer is to simply sit in the silence and allow yourself to be transformed by god’s presence acting through you.
Rich Lewis is an author, long time student of centering prayer, and a centering prayer coach. During our interview we discuss how silence transforms us from the inside out, and how no matter what your religion the silence is the same for all of us. The silence is the “divine therapy,” as centering prayer founder Thomas Keating once said. When we sit in the silence, we are sitting in god’s presence. It is in that presence that our subconscious mind is detoxed and our mental chatter begins to calm, and we are reunited with our true self.
Centering prayer is an ancient form of Christian meditation revitalized in the 1970s by Trappist monk Thomas Keating and others. Though it has Christian roots, centering prayer is something anyone can do no matter your religious background.
During my conversation with Rich we also discuss how the mystical Christian lineage differs from the mainstream. Many of us have a “god wound” from early Christian indoctrination that didn’t make sense to our hearts, minds, or souls. Those of us who come to a spiritual path later in life often do so because of a mystical experience of the reality of god as love and oneness. During my interview with Rich we talked about how mystical Christians have been drinking at that same well of faith all along.
Check out Rich’s new book on centering prayer entitled “Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer” below: https://silenceteaches.com/about-the-books/
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