Nutrition, Movement, Spirit, Perspective

Healthy Haven Step 5 - Engage in a Centering Practice

I have a beautiful Centering Practice that I would like to share with you, as I have found that it helps me to slow things down and center myself so that I am able to navigate my life and all that presents itself to me in a clear and balanced way. It is an awareness and breathing technique that can be done anywhere and at any time, but when I first began to learn this practice, I found it helpful to find a place where I could sit down and be quiet for a while.

     This practice involves turning your awareness to the simple act of your breathing, becoming very conscious of the breath going in and out. As you sit there being mindful of your breath, you will become aware that thoughts, emotions or feelings will arise. Just simply observe them and return your awareness back to the breath and to the present moment.
     As you continue to practice this technique, something interesting begins to happen; you notice how many times your thoughts take you away from your breath and the present moment. You will find yourself getting lost in thought and then bing! you awaken back into the present moment like you had just gone on a huge vacation.
     The more you do this practice, the more you connect with your peaceful spacious awareness that is always present, relaxed, open and at ease, with everything that is going on around and within you. This is your clear awareness that is simply observing without labeling anything good or bad; it is just simply observing everything as it is.

     This simple practice is revolutionary, for in the act of practicing, you begin to experience a possible way of being in the world that is non-reactive, more relaxed and more balanced. You come into a space where you are more able to take clear action rather than simply react to things.
     As you become more comfortable with this practice, you can use this technique in your daily life, bringing your awareness to your breath and to the present moment in a clear, relaxed and focused way. This can be an especially helpful practice when you are in the midst of strong emotional states because it provides an anchor for you to be able to reconnect to your inner sense of calm and balance through the use of your conscious awareness.

     If you would like more in depth instructions into centering techniques, my favorite teacher by far is Pema Chodron and her book “The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness“ talks more in depth about this subject in particular. I wish for you Great Peace and Joy!


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