Talk of centering yourself, being centered, getting centered, seems to be in lots of magazines and articles these days, particularly those that are about peaceful, intentional living. Living as your best self requires you are centered. Especially because I read yoga stuff and spiritual, inspirational articles, I see it a lot. I never really thought about it much in terms of definition, just thinking of it as being quiet and peaceful on the inside….not being angry, anxious, envious…. living a life with grace and intention.
In my morning reading (Melody Beattie's Journey to the Heart) this past week there was a day devoted to "Finding Your Center". I loved her explanation of what it means to be centered.
This really resonated with me. Sounds like a great place to be doesn't it? She says finding that place takes practice, time, and commitment. You have to notice when you feel in it and when you feel out of it. Learn to tell the difference and then work to get back to that place as often as possible. She suggests things that help you get there are nature, listening to music, going for a walk, repeating a prayer, or deep breathing and meditation. For me, being outside really helps. Walking outside. Watching Beau run and play in the woods. Pulling weeds in the garden. Also, cooking. The quiet focus of cutting vegetables, kneading dough.
It gave me something to think about and to work toward. It is easy to find that "center" when you are outside enjoying the beauty of the world, much harder in day to day interactions with the stresses of work, school, bills, relationships. I guess that's the practice part! For me, keeping close the memory of the beautiful places that I have had the privilege of visiting is a place to start! I'd love to hear what works for you!