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Centering Prayer at St. Paul's
Tuesdays at 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the Chapel

The Contemplative Outreach Center of Colorado:  Please visit their website at www.contemplativeoutreach-co.org for their class list.  The Center is located at 3650 Yates, Denver, CO (the old All Saints Episcopal Church location near the former location of Elitch Gardens).  There is a Mass held on the 1st & 3rd Thursday at noon.  All are welcome to attend. You may leave a message at 303-698-7729 and request a call back. 
LIVE AND SELF-GUIDED ONLINE COURSES FOR INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS
http://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/online-courses

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What is Centering Prayer?

What Centering Prayer is:
Acknowledgement of an intimate relationship with God
Resting in God
Letting go of our agenda, our thoughts, our false-self
Being present in the now
Coming home

What Centering Prayer is NOT:
Centering prayer is not a dialogue with God.
Centering prayer is not meditation in the sense that is practiced in eastern Wisdom Religions.
Centering prayer is not a relaxation technique.
Centering prayer is not the "new" fad among the faithful.
Centering prayer is not petitioning God, asking God for favors.
Centering prayer is not offering prayers on the behalf of others.
Centering prayer DOES NOT take the place of your other prayer practices.

As a method…
Step 1: Chose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to be in the presence of God.
Step 2: Sitting comfortably with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word.
Step 3: When you become aware of thoughts, ever so gently {"as gently as a breath of air touching a floating feather"}, return to the sacred word.
Step 4: At the end of the prayer period remain in silence for a brief time. If you wish conclude with The Lord's Prayer or a prayer sentence.

4 R's
Resist no thought
Retain no thoughtReact emotionally to no thoughtReturn ever so gently to the sacred word
Twice daily for 20 minutes or a single period of 30 minutes…
The important part of the discipline is not following someone else's guidelines but to find the rhythm which is meaningful to you and your Lord. If you miss a period or a day or more, give yourself permission to start over. When you return, you will find that God is still there … much as the Prodigal Father welcomed his son.

An Online Retreat for the Welcoming Prayer

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. If Centering Prayer is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours. It is a "letting go" in the present moment, in the midst of the activity of ordinary life. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored - in the body. The online retreat will consist of 12 emails of the course content, as well as video & audio teachings and daily practices.  visit the Welcoming Prayer e-course page:  http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/ecourses/ecourses.php?id=156&key=co

Contemplative Spiritual Direction

Being on a spiritual journey implies that you have a relationship with God, the Holy, the Creator, the Ultimate Mystery, Higher Power. Like any relationship, at times we need someone to listen to our experiences and help us see and hear where God is touching our lives.
Being heard is both a healing and a deepening experience. Contemplative Outreach staff members offering spiritual direction are:
David Frenette 720-232-9777 davidfrenette@mac.com
Julie Saad        303-619-4426 juliesaad@comcast.net
Rose Meyler    303-863-0932 rcmeyler@gmail.com
Carole Koski   303-344-5636 carole.koski@mckesson.com
Bob Mischke   303-394-3481 bobmischke@gmail.com

Introductory Workshop to Centering Prayer

WHEN:           May 2 (offered quarterly – on Saturday)
PLACE:          Center for Contemplative Living, 3650 Yates St., Denver, CO 80212
TIME:             Registration: 8:30 a.m.; Workshop: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
RSVP:                        April 30,   3003-698-7729 (walk-ins  welcome)             COST:  $25
PRESENTERS:       Julie Saad, John Congdon, Bob Albrecht and Christine Bender
“Be still and know that I am God." (Ps 46:10)
This simple wisdom saying is an invitation given to us by God. It is a call to set aside all activity, rest in silence, and come into an intimate relationship with the Beloved. Theresa of Avila says the problem most people have with prayer is praying as if God were absent. Centering Prayer is an invitation to turn our minds and hearts inward and open to the realization that we are not separate from God. This workshop provides instruction on the method of Centering Prayer, and opportunities to practice the prayer.

Centering Prayer Immersion Experience

The Centering Prayer Immersion Experience includes six, thirty-minute periods of Centering Prayer separated by meditative walks.  The experience is recommended for those experienced in Centering Prayer.  You are welcome to participate with as much time as you have available if you cannot stay for the whole session.  Refreshments will be available before and after the session.
WHEN:           May 16, 2015  (offered quarterly – on Saturday)
PLACE:          Center for Contemplative Living, 3650 Yates St., Denver, CO 80212
TIME:              Registration: 8:30 a.m.; Workshop: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
RSVP:                        May 14th, walk-ins welcome     3003-698-7729               COST:  $25

Annual Conference with Sr. Meg Funk, April 18, 2015

The 21st Annual Conference at the Arvada Center on Wadsworth will feature Sr. Meg Funk.  Registration is at 8 a.m. and the Conference begins at 9 a.m-3 p.m.  Theme of the Conference is “Mutual Indwelling:  Remaining on the Vine”.  After fifty years of monastic life, prayer, and spiritual direction, Sr. Meg Funk knows what it means to listen with the ear of one’s heart to the Holy Spirit.  Drawing from material in Discernment Matters, Sr. Meg will probe the spiritual practice of discernment as revealed in the early monastic tradition.  She defines discernment as “our relationship with the Holy Spirit who is at work in us” and suggests that with divine assistance, we can begin to learn how to listen with the ear of the heart.  In her time with us, Sr. Meg will explore the eight afflictive thoughts which hinder discernment, present seven practices of ceaseless prayer, and outline five steps to making a decision.
RSVP:  The Annual Conference featuring Sr. Meg Funk is SOLD OUT.    Place an advance order of her talk, Mutual Indwelling: Remaining on the Vine, in DVD, CD or mp3 format. 
http://www.broadlandsmedia.com/woo/product-category/contemplative-outreach-of-colorado/contemplative-outreach-of-colorado-annual-conferences/21st-annual-conference/

AN INVITATION TO JOIN KATE EATON AND MISHKHAH AT THE WILDERNESS

Sunday, April 12th, 6 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington Street
I am thrilled to be able to create an evening of worship at the Wilderness, the Sunday evening service that I helped start almost 8 years ago at St. John’s Cathedral.  Following the service, we will share a live performance of the hymns from my new CD.  And then we’ll get to socialize and say our goodbyes as Peter and I head for Miami for our next adventure.  I hope that you can all join us on Sunday night April 12th for the Wilderness at 6 p.m. and then a concert with many of the musicians who brought their talents to the arrangements of hymns on my new CD.   Peace, Kate

Share corporate times of centering prayer with like-minded folk…
Resources: An Invitation to Centering Prayer, Fr. M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O., p. 79ff
Books, Audio Tapes and Classes – Center for Comtemplative Living

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