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Online Book Circle: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

August 17 - November 16

Live Zoom Online Book Group held as a Wisdom Circle
Centering Prayer And Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault (2004)

August 17 – November 16, 2021
Once a month
Starting August 2021 ~ through November 2021

In Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening we will be delving into both the tradition and method of this contemplative Christian prayer practice. As a group we will read, digest and practice together.

Know you are welcomed into this timely invitation from Cynthia who says in the introduction of this book:

“At a time in our Christian life when the factional extremes seem intent on fighting each other to death while the rest of the world goes its way in massive indifference, I know from my own experience that there is something in this prayer that can restore harmony, dignity, and depth to our lived Christian community. It is this, more than anything else that I wish to share with you.” (p. xiv)

In our 4-month Tuesday Wisdom book Circle we will intentionally cultivate a Wisdom way of knowing through:

  • Grounding in the practices of a Wisdom Circle
  • Supportive group discussions facilitated by seasoned Wisdom practitioners examining a few chapters a month
  • Mindful attentional practices/Inner Tasks
  • Meditation
  • Body movements and sacred gesture

This Wisdom Practice book Circle is designed for seekers who want to cultivate a deeper connection with the Wisdom tradition which lies at the headwaters of all sacred paths. As we come together in community, seeking inspiration and practices for our awakening, we will leave with a felt sense of our deepening presence and how we can be of service in the world.

Dates:  Third Tuesday of the month: 8/17, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16

Times:  Either 10:00 – 11:30am ET, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET, OR 7:00 – 8:30pm ET

To enroll:  Email: holly@aared.com with your selected time slot and “Centering Prayer” in the subject line.

Contribute: Suggested donation of $60 to Wisdom Waypoints, or an amount that is sustainable for you. You may donate online by using the form below. Wisdom Waypoint activities are supported entirely by donations; if you can ‘pay it forward’ for another person, we are most grateful. Thank you.

Platform:  Zoom. Earbuds are suggested for clarity of hearing.

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About Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening:

“(Bourgeault’s) focus in this book is the contribution she perceives that Centering Prayer can make to the renewal and appropriate adaptation of the Christian contemplative heritage to the circumstances of our time… My special and heartfelt thanks to Cynthia for her monumental contribution to the better understanding of the Centering Prayer practice. (Thomas Keating)

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Past offerings

The Wisdom Way of Knowing Book Circle: offered January 2020 – June 2020
Mystical Hope Book Circle: offered September – November 2020
The Wisdom Jesus Book Circle: offered January – May 2021

Wisdom Waypoints has launched a two-year, four-book Foundational Wisdom Practice Book Circle Series that includes:

The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Jesus, and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. These Wisdom books engage learners in the foundational teaching of our Wisdom lineage.

Wisdom Practice Book Circles are designed for seekers who want to cultivate a deeper connection with the Wisdom tradition which lies at the headwaters of all sacred paths. Ideal for newcomers to our Wisdom community and for those ready to ‘go deeper in Wisdom’, these Wisdom circles offer inspiration and practices for our awakening presence. Each month these book circles offer:

  • Grounding in the practices of a Wisdom Circle
  • Supportive group discussions facilitated by seasoned Wisdom practitioners examining the readings in each foundational Wisdom text
  • Mindful attentional practices and Inner Tasks
  • Meditation and Chant
  • Body movements and sacred gesture

Circle Times: Each Wisdom book series is offered on one Tuesday a month at three different times for the convenience of participants. Select the time that suits your schedule when you RSVP: 10:00 – 11:30am ET, 1:00- 2:30 pm ET, or 7 – 8:30 pm ET. Many people are zooming in from different time zones and countries. All are welcome!

Contribute: There is typically a suggested donation (a one-time donation per book series) of $60 – $100 (or an amount that is sustainable for you), depending on the circle duration. Donation details are noted when you RSVP.

Our two-year Foundational Wisdom Practice Book cycle begins anew in 2022 (registration will open about 2 months prior to start date)

The Wisdom Way of Knowing Book Circle will be offered January 2022 – June 2022
Mystical Hope Book Circle will be offered August 2022 – November 2022
The Wisdom Jesus Book Circle will be offered January – May 2023
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening will be offered August – November 2023

Please consider joining us.

Details

Start:
August 17
End:
November 16
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