Living from the Center: Mindfulness Meditation and Centering for Friends
Quakers are advised to begin worship by "centering down." this is the first step in a Friend's intention to wait in "holy expectancy." Centering prayer is also a practice used by Christian mystics to prepare for contemplation, and "centering" describes the meditation of a Buddhist in pursuit of that deep awareness called "mindfulness." Valerie Brown is an explorer and teacher of centering practices, a Buddhist, and an active Friend. Drawing upon her own experiences and wide studies, she describes for Friends how these various traditions can offer us a better understanding and preparedness for our practice of centering into worship. Discussion questions included.