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Centering Prayer CLP Day 1

I’ve decided to take another step in my journey into contemplative practice.  Several months ago I purchased year one of the Contemplative Life Program from Contemplative Outreach.

I’ve experienced a lot of benefits from Centering Prayer in the past, both for drawing closer to God and managing the stress. I thought I’d share a couple practical benefits I’ve experienced since starting the 40 day immersion journey (part of the Contemplative Life Program).

First, there’s a time in the evening after Cullen gets up from his nap and before dinner, bath and bedtime when the boys are pretty crazy. I’m prepared for this, and try to be intentional about my response. Sometimes I’m more successfully than others. Yesterday I noticed a new level of control, patience, humor, and grace with the boys.

Second, this week we’ve had a perfect storm of events between getting ready for visits with extended family, preparing for pre-K graduation, jobs for both parents, and my wife’s VERY busy week with the National Lutheran Choir and Chorus America. There were several times when I was surprised by my level of composure, grace, and presence with everyone in times of stress.

When I say I was “surprised by my level…” I’m not taking credit, but rather noticing how the added time in prayer helped me carry that presence into my life and be a better dad and husband.

Many people who practice meditation report the same kinds of results, and there are certainly many similarities between meditation and centering prayer. There are also some important difference, but more on that in another post.

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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Present Moment Parenting


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Thinking about a heartful weekend

 I’m one of those people who will have 1000 (likely not an exaggeration) thoughts per minute. If you score me on the Gallup verified Strengths index, I score in Adaptability, Ideation, Intellection, Input (gathering ideas), Learner, and Connectedness. Most of these are in the “Thought” category.

Why would I open my post with this kind of entry? Because it relates to how I experienced a very “feeling” weekend with my three-year-old niece who is right smack-dab in the middle of her treatment for leukemia. For a person who is identified as being in his “head” I often shift into heart thinking, which I’ve developed using Hearthmath and Contemplative Outreach and Present Moment Parenting. For people like me and maybe you (strong in thinking), it may not be natural to shift into the heart and intuition, but I definitely experienced the benefits of practicing these skills during this weekend, both personally and as a way to be present and beneficial those around me.

Particularly with my nephew who, in addition to being in the middle of cancer treatment with a current  sister, traveled through the journey of illness and the eventual passing of another sister, I was able to reconnect and create the ground work for ongoing connection and asset building (stay tuned for future posts).

If you’re interested in learning more about being heartfully present with your kids and others with whom you are connected, get in touch with me. I’d love to share more. 651-274-0031 or

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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Present Moment Parenting


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