Building Your Resilience through Centering.
According to Sandy Davis, a Daily Centering Practice is one of the 3 foundations of developing greater resilience.
So what is centering and how might your practice it?
In his book, Journey to Center, Thomas Crum explains: “centering happens as the mind, body, and spirit begin to align”.
He also notes that “Centering is not an abstract term, but rather a practical tool available to all of us”.
There are many different practical tools available. Many are easy and can be done by anyone. If you’re wondering where to start, have a look at some of the examples provided by the Center for Contemplative Mind. Their list includes:
- counting numbers
- paying attention to breathing
- repeating a word or phrase
- using a visual reminder
- using a sound
- doodling or drawing
You might like to try out this 4 minute meditation that you can do at your computer, as described in a previous newsletter.
Although the techniques are numerous, they have something in common. Each approach combines the 2 elements of focus and awareness. Begin to experience the benefits of an ongoing centering practice for yourself by selecting one method that appeals to you. It is evident that the practices themselves can be very simple. It this is new for you, start work today on creating a new habit to integrate your chosen tool into your daily life.
Some of the tips for success that resilience expert Davis gives are:
- Begin with a simple practice
- Choose something you enjoy
- For some practices (such as meditation) getting instruction will help
- Make an agreement with yourself to do it daily
- Set a goal for 15 minutes a day
- Experiment with different patterns of practice (e.g. one 15 minute slot, 3 x 5 minutes) to find what fits best for you
- Create a feedback system for yourself by Keeping a log of your practice.
If you already have a practice that benefits you, share your experience below. Ongoing practice is essential for self-care. Making centering a part of of your life is increasingly important for your health and well-being in our 24/7 world.