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Saturday, September 17 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
An Introduction To Centering Prayer (VILLAGE PASS & ALL-ACCESS PASS HOLDERS)

This meditation workshop will focus on the ancient Christian roots of Centering Prayer, the guidelines or method of Centering Prayer, what to do with thoughts and a practice session.

Contemplative Prayer is considered a pure gift from God and Centering Prayer is a method of preparing for that gift.  The method uses silence and a gentle awareness to the present to create an interior stillness in which we touch our True Self and the Indwelling Spirit of God.  The purpose of Centering Prayer is to facilitate the opening of our hearts and minds, our whole being to God, the Source, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions

Centering Prayer was developed in the 1970’s by three Trappists Monks, Thomas Keating, Basil Pennington and William Menninger. It is a means re-claiming the ancient mystical dimension of Christian prayer that was present from the time of the early desert father and mothers. The writings of the great Christian mystics, among them John of the Cross, and Theresa of Avila, refer to this type of prayer as does the Cloud of Unknowing written by an unknown monk of the 14th century.

Centering Prayer, as the mystical dimensions of all major religious traditions, dwells in the present moment, promotes understanding of creation as a “oneness”, creates and relies on interior peace, and emphasizes communion with the God within ourselves, with others and all of creation.


Instructors
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Deborah Marqui

Owner & Centering Prayer Facilitator, Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm
Deborah Marqui owns and operates, along with her husband Buzz, Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm, a two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens that are open to the public on set dates. Deborah leads nature retreats and gives workshops as a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer teaching this transforming, ancient Christian meditation practice. Ms. Marqui is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with a practice in St. Charles, IL. ... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Heartfulness Field of Dreams Soul LOVE Village

Attendees (10)