Embracing Living: The Welcoming Prayer October 3 – October 28, 2016

You are welcome to sign up for this e-course any time before the last day, October 28. After you do, you will find in your account an archive of the sessions covered so far, and you can read them online or resend them to yourself.

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. If Centering Prayer (or another daily prayer) is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours. It is a “letting go” in the present moment, in the midst of the activity of ordinary life. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored — in the body.

Practicing the Welcoming Prayer offers us the opportunity to make choices free of the false-self system — responding instead of reacting to the present moment. Through the action of the Holy Spirit, the practice empowers us to take appropriate action as freely and lovingly as possible in any situation that presents itself.

“To welcome and to let go
is one of the most
radically loving, faith-filled
gestures we can make
in each moment of each day.
It is an open-hearted embrace
of all that is in ourselves
and in the world.”
— Mary Mrozowski, creator of the Welcoming Prayer

Contemplative Outreach, founded by Fr. Thomas Keating and best known for its pioneering teaching of Centering Prayer, has developed a workshop on the contemplative practice of welcoming. Those who have faithfully been traveling with us each year will be happy to know that this retreat includes all new video teachings. You can look forward to these components:

– 12 emails that give the core teachings and practices.
– Four new videos, covering:
1. The Human Condition
2. The Method of the Welcoming Prayer
3. Nuances and Practice
4. Fruits of the Prayer
– Step-by-step instructions on the Welcoming Prayer, plus an audio version of the prayer to assist your practice.
– A one-hour teleconference on Thursday, October 13 (8-9 pm Eastern Time) with the e-course leaders from Contemplative Outreach.
– A recording of the teleconference for review or for listening if you cannot attend the live call.
– Mini-practices to root the Welcoming Prayer in your daily life.

Join us to learn or to deepen or renew this practical and profound prayer. The more we experience the Welcoming Prayer, the more we realize that we need to do the Welcoming Prayer. We learn the Welcoming Prayer through repeated courses, through the deepening of our understanding of the prayer. As we continue to consent, we open to God’s healing on ever-deepening levels.

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