Over the last couple of years I’ve from time to time practiced Lectio Divina as way of contemplating sacred scripture. This has helped me meditate on God’s written word. The way I was taught is you read a passage of scripture a couple of times; then try to kind of make a movie in your mind about what is going on in the passage and where you are in it; and then you meditate on how the scripture is speaking to you in whatever role you chose.
Quick example…I read the Wedding Feast at Canna and imagined I was the wine steward who was discovering he was about to run out of wine and very anxious about it. I visualized Mary asking me what was wrong and then directing me to her Son. I imagined being nervous about going to Him but then relieved by the kindness in His eyes. Anyway, the way that scripture spoke to me was that Christ was showing me that I didn’t need to be anxious because he would always be there for me. I could take my worries to Him.
The way I understand “centering prayer” is that you focus on a single word and try to completely empty your mind and then let God talk to you in the emptiness of thought. That always seemed a little far fetched (if not silly) to me.
Anyway, I don’t see any harm in from time to time reflecting on scripture using Lectio, but wanted your opinion as to whether I was doing something ill advised.
Yours in Christ