Many have heard phrases over the years like “find your center” and “ground yourself.” I don’t believe anyone actually ever explained what they meant, but I knew they involved going within.
It does help to know how these phrases translate in order to make this state of mind a tangible destination. So, here it goes… Centering refers to one’s mental or physical state. It means to calm your emotions, slowing your mind and your breathing to a point where you can “feel” a lot more going on around and inside of you. It is a state of relaxed alertness.
Have you centered today? Start right now. Sit up tall and lengthen your spine. Close your eyes and draw your awareness within. Begin to breath from your belly, letting it swell out on the in breath. Do this slowly 10 times, just paying attention to the breath. After you’re done, see if taking this brief pause has brought any shifts. Take note of them. Find a little space in your day to practice this. The results could well be illuminating.
The benefits of meditation are endless. So why isn’t everyone partaking? There appears to be a mystique around it. As a practitioner and an instructor, the hardest part is getting started and figuring out (and keeping to) the regularity. It’s simple. The best times are at sunrise and sunset because the earth becomes very still then. If that doesn’t work, then anytime is the right time. It is best to develop a workable, accessible routine.
To further simplify meditation, there are apps that you can use on a computer or phone. Not everyone can get to yoga or a class to practice meditation. That shouldn’t hinder the process. The picture above shows 3 apps: Sattva, Headspace, and Insight Timer. I have used all three and recommend them. All three have different options. All three are free. For beginners, Headspace has the option for a “Take 10.” It provides a little instruction each day for 10 days. See how you can tune in with your thoughts and relieve stress and anxiety. Every answer you seek, you will find. You just have to know where to look. Within.