Find Your Center

Earlier today I posted “50 Ways to Take a Break” on the Radiant You Facebook page.  Now I just opened one of my daily meditation books to the entry below.  The signs are clear … people are neglecting one side of their health triangle and it’s leaving them unbalanced.  It’s time to find our centers again!

Find Your Center from Melody Beattie’s “Journey to the Heart”

“My life has changed so much,” the man at Breitenbush told me.  “I go with the flow now, try to be in the moment, be spontaneous.  I’m a foreman, and even at work life goes much more smoothly.  A year ago, I didn’t know what it meant to be centered.  Now I do and I work at staying that way.”  He looked around the camp, a nature retreat in the heart of the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.  “And I know how to get there too.”

For may years, I didn’t understand what it meant to be centered either.  If I was that way for a while, it was more accidental than deliberate.  It takes time, practice, and mostly desire and commitment to make staying centered a way of life.  But the time it takes is worth it.

Learn what it feels like to be centered, to be balanced.  Learn what it feels like to be off center.  Learn to tell the difference.  Then, learn to come back to center as quickly as possible.

Quiet.  Relaxed.  Feeling right about what you’re doing.  On track.  In harmony.  At peace.  In balance.  No turbulent emotions racing through you.  No disorganized thoughts clamoring through your head.  Your body feels aligned, and you feel connected to it.  What you do and say comes from your center.  It feels right and honest.  It feels like you, and you feel connected to your self, your deepest self, your soul.  Your heart is open.  And so is your mind.

That’s the place from which we’re seeking to live our lives.  Find a way to get to that place, then go there often.  Some helps include nature, listening to music, going for a walk, repeating a prayer, or forms of deep breathing or meditation.

It’s hard to find a place we’ve never been to.  Learn what it feels like to be centered.  Know your center is in you.  Then go there often.