“Centering prayer” has no place in Catholic spirituality. You see, these Eastern systems people are trying to bring into the Church have no place in the Church. These systems do not recognize that the Church was founded by Our Lord Jesus and is guided by the Holy Spirit. I am not in command - God is. I cannot force God to do anything.
Here is a nice article I just read about centering-prayers:
"Besides the temptation to reject the material world in this approach there is another problem-indicated by Cardinal Ratzinger’s use of the word “oneself” in the last quote-the temptation to ascend to God by one’s own power or strength. In fact it is God’s choice, not ours, whether we enter the sphere of the divine. “God is free to ‘empty’ us of all that holds us back … to draw us completely into the Trinitarian life of his eternal love,” but this gift is granted “not through our own efforts.”
In the 16th century, Teresa of Avila noticed that as some Christians prayed they tried to stop thinking pre-mature, before God had given the grace of contemplation. In Interior Castle she said, “be careful not to check the movement of the mind … and to remain there like a dolt.” A century later, the church was confronted with a still more passive form of prayer in the teachings of Miguel de Molinos. It did not take long for “quietism” to be condemned.
Centering prayer’s advocates occasionally remind their readers that contemplation is indeed a gift from God, but their clear and constant message is that God will give the gift. Every time. To everyone who uses the method. Their insistence that anyone can master the Centering-prayer technique and their virtual guarantee of success will lead many to a do-it- yourself approach to contemplative prayer.
Rule 1: At the beginning of the prayer we take a minute or two to quiet down and then move in faith to God dwelling in our depths; and at the end of the prayer we take several minutes to come out, mentally praying the “Our Father” or some other prayer.
Rule 2: After resting for a bit in the center in faithful love, we take up a single, simple word that expresses this response and begin to let it repeat itself within.
Rule 3: Whenever in the course of the prayer we become aware of anything else, we simply gently return to the Presence by the use of the prayer word.
(Centering Prayer, by Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O., pg. 65)
[When Gods calls a person to contemplative prayer] the soul is no longer inclined to meditate by itself, to reason on the great truths of faith so as to arouse itself to acts of love of God. It receives “a supernatural recollection” which it could never acquire by its own efforts and “which does not depend on our own will.” It is no longer the soul recollecting itself, it is God who recollects it and draws it toward the inner sanctuary. This is the beginning of contemptation, properly so called; it is infused since we cannot procure it for ourselves by our activity aided by grace… In contemplation “the soul understands that the divine Master is teaching it without the sound of words.” - - - Under this infused light “the soul is inflamed with love without comprehending flow it loves.”"
I have personally had the blessing of experiencing infused prayers and I know that it is not something that I myself can ever bring about as it is a gift from God. I cannot at will make it happen no matter what I do. Is God who decides and He can choose to bless you with infused prayers in the most hectic of days. So, it is not Catholic to think that we can do some physical or mental exercise to bring about infused prayers. The Catholic way is different.