Centering Prayer: A Brief Introduction

Beginning with Centering Prayer

In this short teaching, Cynthia Bourgeault offers a brief introduction to Centering Prayer including key concepts and a five-minute sit. Whether you are a newcomer to the practice or looking for a refresher, this video will provide a helpful overview as you get ready to begin.


  • Releasing a thought; how to simply ‘let it go’
  • Identifying what is a ‘thought’ in centering prayer
  • Exploring attention versus intention
  • Encountering common challenges (or practice opportunities)
  • Consenting to the presence and action of God
  • Using a sacred word to symbolize your intention

This resource was recorded by Marcella Kraybill-Greggo at Moravian College during an intensive winter weekend of practice in 2021.