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The meditation on ‘praying hard’ touched me. Yes, I have done that: and yes, it becomes all about my effort, about my trying to control an outcome. Less ‘praying hard’, more silence, approaching everything in my life from a contemplative stance – that is the gift of Centering Prayer for me. I learn to trust that God is already at work: my job, if you will, is to ask, seek, knock, and surrender.
“This ‘praying hard’ is exhausting. After a while on the spiritual journey most of us discover that our way of praying changes, that there is less ‘praying hard’ and more silence. [Praying this way] simply becomes a way of being, a way of seeing in the ordinary events of our lives, practicing a contemplative presence whereby we approach every encounter, every activity, every meeting from a contemplative stance, trusting that God is already at work in people’s lives…”