“At the center of your being— Lao Tzu
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”
“Flow with whatever may happen— Zhuangzi
and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting
whatever you are doing.
This is the ultimate.”
“You believe happiness to be derived— Franz Schubert
from the place in which once
you have been happy,
but in truth
it is centered in ourselves.”
Today’s MotD reminds us that when in doubt (stressed, angered, frazzled, sad, frustrated, lost, worried, etc) return to center, the center of our being-ness. The quickest way to do that is to stop what we’re doing, close our eyes (if it’s safe to do so), and deep breathe for a few rounds. Another one is tapping the thymus. And if there’s time, a walk or calming meditation can do wonders for centering.
The difference between taking action from an angered state (for example) versus from a centered state, is the difference between being reactionary (heightened knee-jerk reaction) vs being clear-headed (responsible: the ability to respond) and in a present-moment state.
Functioning from a reactionary state, limits our access to just that state, making it difficult to see any alternatives or what’s really happening. It’s when we bring ourselves back to center where we function on all cylinders, all of our senses, including our intuition. From this state we can authentically know what step to take next.
If you have time, I’ve included this video by Michael Singer (author: The Untethered Soul) where he talks about freeing ourselves from that which distracts us from our true selves. He uses the metaphor of a free flowing, unencumbered river to describe our true nature, which to me equates to being centered.
The Mandala Lady
btw…started with this: