Contemplative Prayer

Today has been one of those ‘Clean Up The Office’ days. In my office it can be defined as stressful and seemingly unproductive, even after many hours. I think paper reproduces like a single celled amoeba. The extras end up on men’s neck ties.  🙂

Giving myself permission to throw away is a hard decision normally. But today, I have not only given but taken permission to THROW AWAY! And amongst the pages and pages of paper from old catalogs to menus to receipts, ad nauseam I found a gem. Fr. Thomas Keating’s chapter entitled ‘The Unloading Of The Unconscious’ from his book Open Mind, Open Heart, published first in 1986.

Where it came from I have no idea!  🙂

Usually, when I come across one of those truly life changing works, I evaluate if I have the time to read it, fully knowing it would be good for me. The conclusion I usually reach is – put it away in a safe place until I have time to give it proper attention! (then much time elapses!)

Today I made time to read this chapter, and to put it into practice. This involved contemplative prayer for twenty minutes. Now, it is not that I have not prayed for twenty minutes before. The key to contemplative prayer is to have twenty minutes of silent prayer, all at once, twice a day. No praising, no asking, only resting in God for twenty minutes and if praising happens, it happens, etc. This is not a discipline I have become comfortable with. My prayer is usually very directed and full of praise, not contemplative for long stretches.

No results yet – but I will be incorporating this into my lifestyle and see what happens. Fr. Keating has some very good messages in this fourteen page chapter. As I longingly look at my pile of books to be read this year – maybe I need to add one more – Open Mind, Open Heart  ISBN-13:978-0826406965. It is short as books go.   GRIN

PS: Possible future updates if earth shattering events result from this praying style.

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One thought on “Contemplative Prayer

  1. Thank you for the book suggestion. It is my goal to read many books this year. I trust your direction and will see about getting this book soon. I have two other books ahead of this suggestion.

    I admire your contemplative prayer time and am continually inspired by you.

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