Tuesday, October 4, 2011

East Meets West: Centering Prayer and Yoga

Tomorrow I am doing a presentation, along with awesome yoga instructor Nicole Kintz, at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville. My friend Judy Domer invited me to do this and I try to always say YES to friends. I am no expert on centering prayer but it is a spiritual practice that I value deeply. So I present tomorrow and developed this list of resources as a handout. I thought that these resources might be a useful post here on my blog for others as well. This list just touches the surface but is a good place to begin exploring.

Centering Prayer Resources

Recommended Books
The Cloud of Unknowing (author unknown)
14th century book on which the theology of centering prayer is based
You can read this on line, download to a kindle or nook or read it in book form.

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

Open Heart, Open Mind: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel, by Father Thomas Keating

The Diversity of Centering Prayer, edited by Gustave Reininge

Center for Spiritual Resources, www.csr.org
Director: Robbin Whittington, The Center is co-sponsored by the Episcopal DIocese of Western North Carolina and the Cathedral of All Souls. Their website is a great resource for programs going on throughout our diocese.

Contemplative Outreach, www.contemplativeoutreach.org
Link to a set of three CDs for purchase with Father Thomas Keating teaching about centering prayer: http://www.soundstrue.com/shop/Contemplative-Prayer/368.productdetails
Local chapter contact: Becky Hannah, becky.hannah@gmail.com

The Contemplative Society, http://www.contemplative.org/

Spirituality and Practice, http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com
Link to an on-line course on Centering Prayer with Cynthia Bourgeault that starts November 7th: http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/ecourses/ecourses.php?id=114&key=cb

Centering Prayer Retreats
St.Mary’s, Sewanee, TN : http://www.stmaryssewanee.org

Valle Crucis Conference Center, Valle Crucis, NC: http://www.highsouth.com/vallecrucis/events.php4

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