David Frenette, author of The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God, is a leader and senior teacher in the Centering Prayer movement, and a friend and advisor of Father Thomas Keating for 30 years. He co-created and co-led a contemplative retreat community for 10 years, has an MA in transpersonal counseling psychology, and is an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University. He is a spiritual director at the Center for Contemplative Living in Denver, Colorado, as well as for clients worldwide.
Flowing out of the Christian mystical tradition, Centering Prayer is a simple yet profound form of silent meditation that awakens practitioners–Christians and non-Christians alike–toward direct, contemplative experience of the Divine presence. When we are centered in God, we experience inner freedom and deep joy, and awaken more fully to the unity of life. As Thomas Merton said, "Contemplation is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things." Centering Prayer helps us experience God's silent presence within and then move toward integrating that sacred presence into our daily lives.
In each session we will explore a different essential attitude that profoundly deepens the contemplative experience–such as simplicity, effortlessness, and letting go–and be guided experientially through them. These attitudes help release the struggle against thoughts, the pressure to meditate "perfectly," and resistance to what is. Learning these contemplative attitudes benefits not only the practice of Centering Prayer, but any form of meditation practice, as well as our experience of life itself.
Each session will offer 30 minutes of teaching and 30 minutes of guided meditation and silence, allowing beginners and seasoned practitioners alike to enter ever-deepening states of intimate union with the Divine.