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Meditation Library

2022 Calendar

Centering Prayer

Combined Native American (Tuscarora) and Tibetan Buddhist Traditions

Hindu Meditation

InterSpiritual Meditation

Japanese Zen Meditation


Korean Zen Meditation

Kundalini Yoga Meditation

Sikh Dharma

Sufi Meditation

Thereveda Buddhist Meditation

Silent Meditation and Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience a divine presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer or meditation. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all practice and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive practice of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Carol McKiernan

Carol McKiernan
Carol grew up at Chautauqua and says that her love of mystical practices began here on the grounds. She was formally introduced to meditation many years ago at an off-season yoga and meditation retreat led by Subagh Singh Khalsa and has been practicing Centering Prayer daily ever since. She has attended many seminars, workshops, and retreats offered by Contemplative Outreach, founded by the late Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist Monk who was instrumental in the creation of Centering Prayer.

Carol practices Centering Prayer with weekly groups in Campus Ministry at Villanova University and at St. David's Episcopal Church outside of Philadelphia. She has led and participated in many Centering Prayer workshops and groups in the areas surrounding her hometown of Philadelphia. She is a member of the Augustinian Affiliates, the lay order of the Augustinian Friars and volunteers for the Friars in the Villanova Province. Carol is a past board member and treasurer of the Chautauqua Catholic Community.