Cynthia Bourgeault Centering Prayer Day, Saint Dunstan's Parish Church, Saturday, 04. May 2019

Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD,, is an Episcopal priest, retreat leader and the
author of numerous books. She is internationally renowned for her work and teaching on Centering Prayer, which she describes as
‘a wonderful and radical way of seeing the world’.
Cynthia has said that ‘there are too many doing Centering Prayer in their heads, preoccupied with the correct application of “their” sacred word or struggling to achieve a thought-free inner state…..Once the kenotic nature of the prayer is grasped and trusted all this falls away. As “letting go” becomes an embodied gesture rather than a spiritual Prayer immediately drops out of the head… the practice shifts from something you perform to something you give”
Cynthia will lead practitioners into a deeper understanding of Centering Prayer and its practice.
Cost: £25 (including lunch)
 
Cynthia is in Liverpool for the long weekend. She is also preaching at St Bride;s on the Sunday morning and at Liverpool Cathedral Evensong on Sunday afternoon, and giving a public lecture on Monday evening:
Monday 6 May 2019—6.00-8.30pm
ST BRIDE’S PUBLIC THEOLOGY LECTURE:
 PUTTING THE MIND INTO THE HEART
Centering Prayer and the Christian Contemplative Tradition
VENUE: St Bride’s Church, Percy Street, Liverpool L8 7LT
 
This talk will explore the practice of Centering Prayer from both a theological and neurological perspective. It will look at how this no-frills method of meditation in the Christian tradition differs from the standard ‘entry-level’ mindfulness practice with which it is often confused. It will also explore how Centering Prayer sheds new light on that ancient Christian intuition that contemplation is not simply a spiritual pathway or devotional practice but signifies rather the breakthrough to an entirely new level of consciousness—call it “nondual” if you like—characterised by the synchronous entrainment of brain and heart in a unified perceptual field.
The session will include both teaching and practice.
 
 

Saturday, 04. May 2019, Saint Dunstan's Parish Church, Cynthia Bourgeault Centering Prayer Day

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