Yoga has become a current trend for dealing with stress. It is a combination of stretching the muscles while quieting the mind. Quieting the mind is also a part of the Christian tradition, a form of contemplation called centering prayer, which has been a part of monastic life since the beginning of cloistered monasteries.
In the book, “Journey to the Heart: Centering Prayer for Children” author Frank X. Jelenck introduces this practice to elementary age students. In the colorfully illustrated pages, this book simply explains that centering prayer is the use of quiet time and a mantra. But instead of seeking peace as yoga does, centering prayer tries to quiet self-will so that the person can communicate with God through their emotions.
Parents that want to teach contemplation to their children can use this picture book to explain the method in simple terms.
“This is a wonderful invitation to children of all ages to enter into contemplative prayer and find inner peace.” Says Gail Fitzpatric-Hopler, President of Contemplative Outreach Ltd.
The book is available in paperback from Paraclete Press.
The book can be purchased at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart gift shop, 1212 E. Moreno, in Pensacola FL, hours M-F 10-1 and Sunday after mass.