Centering Prayer…As an 11th Step Practice

Centering Prayer is a simple method of prayer rooted in the ancient Western Monastic tradition that opens us to God’s presence and action of divine healing. For those who practice the 12 Steps, there are striking parallels between the fruits of Centering Prayer and those of the 12 Steps – that of human transformation and spiritual awakening.

We seek God through surrender of self. The action parts of the 12 Steps provide an exterior surrender while the 11th Step provides an interior surrender through prayer and meditation. Since Centering Prayer specifically addresses the “prayer and meditation” language of the 11th Step, it deepens our experience of this vital step in our 12 Step practice.

Centering Prayer, when practiced daily with the other 11 Steps, provides a contemplative dimension to the Steps and to life, where the promises are realized by the spiritual awakening it fosters.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer, but rather, when practiced with other forms of prayer, casts new light and depth of meaning on these other types of prayer.

 


 

Introduction of Centering Prayer as an 11th Step Practice

We are people in 12 step recovery who use Centering Prayer as our 11th Step practice and we offer to provide Introductions to Centering Prayer to small groups.  For more information contact:

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11th Step Centering Prayer Groups 


Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.

The weekly 11th Step Centering Prayer groups are intended to support individuals working their 11th Step through the use of centering prayer. People from all 12 step groups are welcome. An established centering prayer practice is NOT a pre-requisite, and practitioners of other meditation forms are welcome. Anonymity will be honored as we sit, study, and share together. Each meeting incorporates a 20-minute period of silent prayer, followed by a group study of a reading, DVD, or CD of relevant work such as Thomas Keating's Divine Therapy & Addiction or Richard Rohr's Breathing Under Water. We share our experience, strength and hope in relation to the study topic and our own unfolding lives.

 


 

Paradise Valley 
Wednesdays (weekly), 5:30 – 6:30 pm 
St Matthew's Room (in the Learning Center, off of the north parking lot.) 
St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church 
6715 North Mockingbird, Scottsdale AZ 
Contact information: 
Mary or John Stone 
480-993-4507 
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Phoenix 
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ 
1407 N. 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Contact information: 
Dave D.
(480) 980-0135
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No summer break

 


Resouces

Brochure:

12 Step Brochure Aug 2013(revised by TK-July2009).pdf 

Websites:

www.cp12stepoutreach.org

Books:

Divine Therapy & Addiction by Thomas Keating and Tom S.

         Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating

         Invitation to Love by Thomas Keating

         The Human Condition by Thomas Keating

         Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault

         The Heart of Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault

 


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