Welcome to Contemplative Outreach of New Mexico. Our
primary purpose is to teach the method of centering prayer and to offer
practices that bring its fruits into daily life.
We help individuals and groups establish a centering prayer
practice by offering centering prayer workshops, prayer days and retreats and
formation programs. Our programs are designed to present the richness of
the Christian contemplative heritage in an updated and accessible format.
"We open our awareness to the Ultimate Mystery
whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer then
thinking, closer than choosing--closer than consciousness
itself. The Ultimate Mystery is the ground in which our being is
rooted, the source from whom our life emerges at every
Prayer is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian Contemplative
heritage, notably the Father and Mothers of the Desert the monastic practice of
Lectio Divina, The Cloud of Unknowing, John of the Cross and Therese of
Avila. It was distilled into a simple method of prayer in the 1970's by three
Trappist monks, Thomas Keating, Basil Pennington and William Meninger.