Centring Prayer with Mantra

(also called “Christian Meditation” through the teachings of the Benedictine John Main).

lake yogaCentring prayer using a ‘mantra’ or ‘prayer word’ from scripture or one that rises spontaneously from the heart. The word or phrase is repeated slowly within oneself in harmony with one’s breathing.




  1. Choose some suitable mantra.
  2. Relax, thanking God for God’s goodness.
  3. Take a comfortable posture.
  4. Repeat the mantra over and over in rhythm until mind is blank.
  5. If distracted simply return and repeat mantra.
  6. Cease after a comfortable period, finish with the Lord’s Prayer.

For more on this type of meditation, see the website of the World Community of Christian Meditation.