It tastes better than a cup of coffee, a glass of warm milk, or a hot fudge sundae with nuts and whipped cream. A couple of nights ago I realized regretfully that I had forgotten to attend our Study/Prayer Group. Totally bummed I continued the myriad of tasks before me as a gnawing anx began tugging at my soul. Breaking away from my ‘to do’s’, I went outside to walk and wonder. “What is it God? What do you want me to hear?” A spiritual practice came to mind from a recent reading. Centering Prayer. The early desert mother and fathers (ie. 4th century women and men monks who totally captivate my admiration) practiced contemplative prayer as a lifestyle. Today centering prayer provides a means to encounter their transforming experience. I’ve heard about it. But never tried it. That night I tried it. No amount of M&Ms and Diet Coke could have brought the peace and pleasure I experienced in 20 amazing minutes. Recognizing my complete lack of culinary skills this is one of the best recipes I could possibly share with you. Centering Prayer Serves: one weary soul PRESET a timer for 20 minutes CHOOSE one of the words below or your own sacred word of one or two syllables. God, Abba, Jesus, Mary, peace, shalom, prayer, love, stillness, joy … SIT comfortably with eyes closed. and silently, slowly repeat your word. WHEN a “thought, feeling, impression, memory or external stimulus attracts your attention gently return to the sacred word…as if the word were a feather floating softly onto a pillow.” (The Tree of Life, Models of Christian Prayer) SPEAK slowly the Lord’s Prayer at the end of the twenty minutes. YIELDS: one refreshed, centered soul submitted to the Holy Spirit It’s twenty minutes, Lord. It feels impossible. Stir in our hearts a way to do what doesn’t seem doable as we seek to be what we haven’t been for Your glory. We adore You, O Christ, now and forever.