Preparing for spiritual exercises; hatha yoga; meditations; visualizations; inner work; even morning pages ought to include
the gentle, grounding process of settling into a mindful state.
Centering, prior to any practice that is intended to strengthen and uplift the spirit, culminates in superior results … often with less effort.
WHAT TO DO — CENTRE YOURSELF
In matters of spirit, other than assuming a mindful state, a centering practice is largely a set of personal preferences that are exercised consistently and in a lightly ceremonial manner.
• Turn off all distractions including phones, TV, radio, computer …
• Adjust the temperature to your personal preference
• Sit or lie quietly and relax your body
• Close your eyes
• Invite (mentally) a trusted spiritual leader to be present
• Remind yourself that you are safe
• Decide to be open
• Take 3 slow, full breaths that start from deep inside
• Decide to fully embrace what you are about to undertake
• Set your intention for whatever you are about to do
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• Experiment with various Centering components. Decide on a system that works for you. Repeat your personalized Centering ritual at every opportunity for a cumulative effect.