22-279 Centered

Today’s Mandala

“I have great respect for the past.
If you don’t know where you’ve come from,
you don’t know where you’re going.
I have respect for the past,
but I’m a person of the moment.
I’m here, and I do my best
to be completely centered
at the place I’m at,
then I go forward to the next place.”

— Maya Angelou

“When your mind
is fully withdrawn
in superconsciousness,
it becomes centered
in the bliss of the spine.
You are then
in your ideational, or causal, body.
That is the level of the soul.”

— Paramahansa Yogananda

“The highest levels of performance
come to people who are centered,
intuitive, creative, and reflective –
people who know to see a problem
as an opportunity.”

— Deepak Chopra

Today’s MotD encourages us to be centered more often than not. What does it mean to be centered? It means being in the present moment, fully aware of what we’re doing, how we are feeling, and what’s going on around us. Our breathing is fuller, our bodies are more relaxed, our minds are clear as we focus on the task at hand. It helps us to get our priorities straight.

Our challenge becomes learning and practicing what works best for us to achieve an ideal centeredness for us. The quickest, easiest way is to pause what we’re doing right now, assess our body’s status (breathing? muscle state? mind state?), and then deep breathe for 3-5 counts. Which each inhale, go deeper and longer, with each exhale, exhale longer relaxing the mind and body a little bit more. Now re-assess and determine the next best step forward.


The Mandala Lady

btw…started with this and a “shimmer” view:


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