A Different Way of Knowing Prayer – Richard Rohr 3/3

Appendix till Richard Rohrs Daily Meditations 2018
3. A Different Way of Knowing Prayer Richard Rohr

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Let me offer you just one example of what I might mean by a practice. Probably, the most universal and common one is what we call prayer. Now, you’ve all heard that word all your life, but we largely thought of it as talking to God, or making announcements to God, and when we say practice, we are not talking about a merely mental exercise or even a verbal exercise, but somehow something that includes embodiment, physicality. So, here at the center, for example, we practice a form of centering prayer, where we sit together for 20 minutes in the morning in a somewhat disciplined posture, there is not a perfect one, but you sit there not in your ideal world, not in your identity world. In fa ct, that’s exactly what you let go off. Just this morning as we did, I looked around the circle, which I probably shouldn’t have been doing, and I said, you know, what, we are all absolute equals now. We are just naked beings sitting in our nakedness witho ut our identity, without our smarts just being in the presence of God. Now, that might seem like that’s almost nothing. Actually, it ends up being almost everything, because you have to get back to what Thomas Merton called beyond the shadow and beyond the disguise, where you knock on the hard bottom of your own reality. That’s what practice does for you. It gives you the discipline to get out of your head and much more in your soul, in your body where you frankly, you learn in a different way, you know in a different way. It really is practice is a different way of knowing the moment and therefore of knowing yourself. I hope that makes sense, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. (länk till pdf)

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Contemplative Practices:

Books and recordings by CAC core faculty:

Cynthia Bourgeault

  • Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening (book)           
  • Chanting the Psalms (book and CD)
  • The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice (book)

James Finley

  • Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (book)
  • Merton’s Palace of Nowhere (book)

Richard Rohr

  • Beginners Mind (CDMP3 download)
  • Contemplative Prayer (CDMP3 download)
  • Emotional Sobriety: Rewiring Our Programs for Happiness (DVDCDMP3 download)
  • Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (book)
  • The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (book)

Additional recommended resources:
Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Källa: Allt är utdrag från cac.org från sidan: https://cac.org/contemplation-dm/


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