A Missing Puzzle Piece
For about 25 years now, I’ve been questioning my notion of what “prayer” is. (Well, it is not really just my notion, because it was given to me, or I “inherited” it from the spiritual community/communities that I have been apart of…so it is our collective notion about what praying is suppose to be like.) I’ve been in a long relationship with this spiritual practice. And like most relationships, there have been great moments and ther have been some disappointments. Times when I couldn’t live without it and times when I didn’t think it even existed.
I think, for most of us, the first stage in this relationship is to simply copy others….when that seems to run dry, you take the advise of most pastors and try to do it more earnestly, more consistently, more faithfully….then, there could be the authoritative, demanding stage….then there is the inevitable charismatic stage…of course, there’s got to be a doubting stage or two in there where you really don’t think it works at all…then there’s the organized stage where you keep elaborate lists….then, after that….well that’s when I began this stage that I’ve been in for a quite a while. To be honest, there have been several parts to this stage….but basically, it has been a long period of rethinking, reimagining, redreaming, and recreating what this thing is we call “prayer”. I’ve actually have learned a thing or two in the process.
About two years ago, I found something like a missing puzzle piece to what has become somewhat of an epic search for me and my concept of communion with the divine. I heard Cynthia Bourgeault speak on what she calls “centering prayer”…a form of contemplative or silent prayer. I have read and heard about contemplative prayer and have even done it from time to time, but it has just never made sense, never quite felt right for me…..until hearing about Cynthia’s version of it. I don’t actually want to get into it quite yet. But I do plan to write a few more posts about it.
All I actually want to say right now is…..well, a couple of things….
….I’ve been practicing “centering prayer” somewhat consistently for a good bit now and not only do I really like it, but it has brought a missing puzzle piece into this puzzling enterprise we humanoids call praying….and it has energized me in a new way, so that’s the purpose behind PRAY LIKE A GOURMET…to open up and share more with you about my spiritual journey
So stay tuned. I’ll collect my thoughts more on this subject. I would like to hear from you as well….after all most all of my ideas came from someone else and the relationship is not over yet.