“The Welcoming Prayer is a method of actively letting go of thoughts and feelings that support the false-self system. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored – in the body. The method of the Welcoming Prayer includes noticing the feelings, emotions, thoughts and sensations in your body, welcoming them, and then letting them go.” -Contemplative Outreach
“The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen one’s relationship with God through consenting to God’s presence and action in the ordinary activities of daily life.” -Contemplative Outreach
The welcoming prayer is
of ‘letting go’ in the present moment
in the ordinary routines of daily life.
“. . . the ordinary events of daily life
become our practice . . .
The routine of daily life is
the path to holiness for lay folks.
Contemplative prayer is aimed at
transforming daily life with its never-ending
round of ordinary activities.”
-Father Thomas Keating, “Open Mind, Open Heart”
The Welcoming Prayer
Gently become aware of your body and
your interior state.
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment
because I know it is for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions,
persons, situations and conditions.
I let go of my desire for security.
I let go of my desire for approval.
I let go of my desire for control.
I let go of my desire to change any
person, or myself.
I open to the
love and presence of God
the healing action and grace within.
The “Welcoming Prayer” was created by Mary Mrozowski 1925-1993