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
"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 moment."
Centering 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.