cAs usual, the extremes are where the problem lies.
On one hand, the link of centering prayer to the meditations of Easthern religions might be seen as a bad thing. One another hand, even the most vile untruths may contain a kernel of something we can use. The danger is in trying to sort it out.
A long time ago I bought a book, "Becoming Fire" by Jeanie Miley. I disagree with a lot of what Miley teaches...but this book was very helpful to me at a critical part of my life.
Looking at definitions:
contemplate: To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder: contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mystery of God.
Meditate: To engage in devotional contemplation, especially prayer.
And I'm reminded of this passage
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Phil 4:8)
Anyway...back to the book. Miley takes several Scripture passages about the life of Christ and turns them into devotional meditations...she asks the reader to look at the passages from the viewpoints of different people within the passage; to put oneself in those shoes.
Then, read the passage...again. and again. And then spend 20 minutes going over the passage in your head...just you and Scripture.
Does that sound like a bad thing?