How do you wake up? – energized, calm, well rested or lethargic, irritated, anxious….
How do you go to sleep? – content, fulfilled or bored, drained…
How are you during the day? focused, energetic or moody, disinterested, all over the place…
Do you shift your goal or focus often?
Do you find making choice bothersome, difficult or frightening?
Do you subscribe to the FOMO (Fear of Missing out)
The answer to all these questions lie in one phenomena i.e. your center. Your center is not a physical location in your body but there are physical regions attributed to the centers. Yes, I say centers. That means, there are more than one.
There are four centers of awareness as explained in the work of various philosophers, psychologists and spiritual masters like Carl Jung, G.I. Gurdjief and others. These are mentioned in Vedanta, Taoism, and other spiritual traditions. There are research interests in neuroscience that explore and corelate the presence of neurons and nerve cells in the body areas attributed to these centers. These centers of awareness are:
How do you know when you are centered?
Most of the times we stay outside our centers and the fast paced, always busy and distracting lifestyle doesn’t help either. We are constantly chasing something or are focusing so much on others and what they are doing and how the world is going by that when do we become reactive to every small action goes unnoticed. And soon we succumb to the anxiety and give space to fear, anger, envy, lethargy, lust, addictions and distractions.
On the other hand, coming to our center is like coming to a neutral zone, a space of no resistance and in present. Coming to the physical center brings us to be aware of our body sensations, observe them. Coming to the emotional center makes you aware of your feelings in the present moment staying neutral to them. Coming to mental center is quieting the mental chatter. And coming to spiritual center is integrating our being by staying in observation of inner fragments.
Coming to center is coming to a sense of inner peace even in the middle of tremendous work and activities. When we operate out of our center, our energy levels are not depleted and we stay alert, active and agile. We are focused and balanced in our chosen work and are not distracted by what is happening outside of us.
How can you center yourself?
Centering yourself is a skill that can be learnt by a little experimentation and lot of practice.
When you begin, it may seem like some effort to keep your attention on one spot. However, if you continue with the practice, it will soon become normal that the moment you realize that you are not centered, your body and awareness shifts to bring you back to center.
Speaking of the activities there are plenty of ways you can adopt to bring yourself back to center. You would need to experiment with different ways and techniques and realize what works best for you. Some of these ways are: Conscious breathing; Grounding; Meditation; Focus shifting; Journaling; Visualization. Depending on your unique inner construct, you will find your technique which could be one of these or a combination of these techniques and activities. If you are curious to explore further, you will find ample resources to guide you further.