Depending on your innate knowledge of yoga (of which I have little) or aerobics classes (of which I have a lot), “Come to center” may be a phrase you know well. In Healing Touch, we learn to center ourselves before we work with the energy of others.
Take a moment and think of what the word “center” means to you.
Do you feel energy when you focus on the word?
Do you imagine a pinpoint on a large map of lines and latitudes?
Do you see a large target on an archery range?
Finding Your Center as a 2013 Goal
One of my goals for this next year is to center myself on a daily basis. There may be days where I feel the need to focus on my inner energy hub more than once. The beautiful thing about centering is that it can be done no matter what your religion, physical ability, spiritual practice, or belief system. Centering is about our Self as its own entity, merging our physical being with our inner being. How many times have you gone about your daily business feeling as if you’ve left something behind, or you feel off-kilter? I know I have! We need our balance.
A particularly interesting article, entitled “Mind-Body Practices in Integrative Medicine,” speaks to the effect our mind has upon our body. In the midst of medical terminology and references to psychoanalytic practices, the simple message comes through: The mind is capable of healing and transforming the body. If our minds are scattered or overwhelmed, our bodies often feel the effects. I am reminded of how I feel when I am under the weather – I can’t form a lucid thought to save my skin! Think back to the last time you were really ill… were you under stress? Did you think to yourself, “I don’t have time for this!” The more stressed we are, the sicker we become. It’s incredibly important for our inner and outer energies to bring everything together and center again.
Do you want to give it a try? Whenever you’re alone for a few seconds, close your eyes. Does it feel like you’re spread out over a few feet energy-wise? Imagine reaching your arms out and drawing in that energy - your energy. Nestle it all around you, pulling it into your Self, filling in gaps and ridges until you are smooth all over. Feel comfort and warmth and how it is to be You again, 100 percent, for a minute or two.
Do you sense your balance? Do you feel steady again? Enjoy this sensation before one of your inner feelers shoots back out the door to check up on that crashing noise coming out of the kitchen.
The beautiful thing about centering yourself is that all you need is you.
This post was inspired by one of Corinne’s theme-words for the year, Self.
Walach H., Ferrari M.-L., Sauer S., Kohls N. Mind-Body Practices in Integrative Medicine. Religions. 2012; 3(1):50-81.