“Praying with a sacred word disposes the one who prays to
the open depths within by drawing to stillness the
wandering mind that flits and skitters all over the place.”
Dispose, let go, part with
will govern or influence,
…will be a gift.
Make this matter, this letting go,
be a habit, a tendency,
be a disposition of sorts,
…finding a word
decide the matter.
Set this aside, …and this, …and this.
Breathe the word.
Be willing and posed…
For presence sake,
…I begin where I now am,
To make this order what it needs to be.
A tendency, an inclination…
This first, this stilled self, this Presence,
This word that gently brings me back to what is first.
Things let loose, set free, disposed of,
so I can lean a different way.
Let my disposition be one of leaning toward,
Like a child,
Receiving the Gift.
Mary Herbert. February 2022
This poem comes from meditating on a paragraph written by Martin Laird. There were two things I thought of as I wrote it. First the word, “disposed” which has several meanings that fit so well together with some of the ideas within Centering Prayer, which was the second thing I was thinking of.
Centering prayer is a prayer practice, introduced and written about by Father Keating, which at its core is the desire for the presence of the Divine. It is a wordless prayer, yet uses a word to bring oneself gently back to the Presence when our thoughts drift. Father Thomas Keating has written several books on this practice so I won’t try to explain it further.
2 thoughts on “Centering Prayer”
Oh to be more centered and present… less anxious, alone and sorry. Thanks for sharing. CU tomorrow 🚴
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Thank you, Faye.