With Rod McAulay
Instructions: Find a quiet space where you can comfortably sit upright for at least 20 minutes. Turn off phones and other distractions. Set you timer. Close your eyes. Listen to your breath. You can select a sacred word (e.g., peace, maranatha, be still) to say to yourself with each breath. Quiet your brain. If thoughts push in, let them drift away like a leaf on a stream and return to your sacred word. Rest in the presence of your creator.
A fundamental theme in Christian faith is that healing and wholeness come from being broken open and apart. And when we talk of healing we are considering all manner of healing: physical, spiritual, psychological, social and environmental. We seek healing of our bodies, our societies and our land and seas. Centering Prayer is a practice that allows us to sit with all our brokenness, not fussing with it trying to fix it, but just sitting with it and with God. We admit God, “from whom no secrets are hid” and “who knows our needs before we ask” to be with us amidst the shards and to love us all the more for our honest acceptance.
Prayer said while anointing with oil. BCP p. 456 (a blending of two prayers)
N., I anoint you with oil and I lay my hands upon you on the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ, beseeching him to uphold you and fill you with his grace, that you may know the healing power of his love. Amen.
This week, no words, just a photograph taken in the Alhambra, the hilltop fort, palace and gardens built in Granada, Spain by the Moslem people who thrived in much of Spain for centuries until 1492. Today, millions visit this site, absorbing the peace and beauty of the architecture and gardens. It is an ideal place for silencing the chatter of the brain and practicing the art of resting in the present as one passes by fountains and pools, through courtyards, under arches and into the shade of trees, letting the smells and sights delight.