The Tao Te Ching tells us:
"The solid earth is our foundation.
The calm center prevails in a whirlwind.
Those who follow the Tao may travel all day
And still feel at home.
However events may whirl around them,
They remain centered and calm."
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 26)
Centering focuses our energies so we can respond with greater calm, clarity, and power. Years ago, while training in the nonviolent martial art of aikido, I learned how to throw an opponent twice my size by moving from center.
In these stressful times, being able to return to center can help you connect with new power and possibility. To do this:
- Go off by yourself for a few minutes, taking time to refocus your energies.
- Stand with your knees slightly bent and your arms relaxed, held out in front of you at waist level.
- Focus your attention on your hara, your center of power two inches below your navel.
- Take a deep breath and release it, letting go of all tension.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply, focusing on the hara, taking in new energy.
- Now release this breath, feeling more centered, relaxed, and at peace.
After some practice, you'll be able to return to center by merely focusing on the hara while taking a deep mindful breath. Swiftly, effortlessly, you can center yourself in any situation.
I wish you joy on the path.
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