"SECOND SATURDAYS OF CENTERING PRAYER"
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13th
A MORNING OF CENTERING PRAYER
Two 30-min CP sessions plus a presentation
" Origins of Christian Contemplation - Part 2"
Our practice of Centering Prayer is directly inspired by the anonymous Cloud of Unknowing
(c. 1375 AD). But the essentials of “this simple practice” had been known for centuries before the Cloud. In fact, many ancient groups—both Christian and non-Christian—practiced hesychia (stillness and silence) as the gateway to union with God.
This second of a two-part presentation will continue to trace the outlines of Centering Prayer practice from its earliest pre-Christian versions, to the Christian versions both before and after the Cloud of Unknowing. That ambiguous “place” we go to in Centering, the place Anonymous calls the “cloud,” was called the "nous" by both Plato and Aristotle. Meister Eckhart, inspired by both Plato and Aristotle, employs the metaphor the “ground” of our being to capture this elusive dimension of our Centering experience.
Led by Steve Thompson, CONOVA Service Team Member