However events may whirl around them,
They remain centered and calm.
Tao Te Ching, Chapter 26
For centuries, the wisdom of the East has taught the lesson of self-mastery. As the Tao tells us:
Analyzing others is knowledge,
Knowing yourself is wisdom.
Managing others requires skill.
Mastering yourself takes inner strength.
. . .
Be present, observe the process.
Stay centered and prevail.
Tao Te Ching, Chapter 33
Wise leaders stay centered in challenging times because of their commitment to a regular centering practice—which can be daily prayer, meditation, or a physical discipline like yoga, tai chi, or the martial arts.
What is your centering practice?