The art of Centering 1 ~ the Hara ~

By centering we discover our personal power center: the hara. Physically it is the center of gravity of our body. Emotionally it is a foundation of calm, peace and trust. Rationally it is this wide-open sky of clarity. Psychologically it is the ever-present, yet often forgotten, reference of our true center: who we are and what our life is about. Energetically it is a limitless well of exquisite yet harmonious vitality and power.
       All these qualities are not mere promises. They can all be cultivated when you put this Art of Centering into practice. 

The benefits of the art of Centering     

When we are centered, life flows so naturally and smoothly that we can easily forget that we are centered at that moment. However, the importance of centeredness becomes more obvious when we are out of center. The discomforts and struggles that we encounter when we lose our center make it so clear how valuable it is to live and to operate from one’s inner center. Here below I share a few examples of the incalculable number of ways that centering remedies common and uncommon troubles in life.

Centering brings us in contact with our natural and balanced Life Force and therefor remedies the weakness that follows from having lost that connection, as well as the exhaustion that follows from over-extending and forceful application of our resources. It is a valuable support to deal with tiredness, (chronic) fatigue, even burn-out, from one side of the spectrum, as well as stress, agitation, hyperactivity, and compulsion at the other side of the spectrum. Centering helps us to find a balanced middle way of optimal vitality and effective activity.  

Centering also brings us in contact with our authentic natural self and thus settling the polarising discomforts of losing contact with oneself or getting carried away with our ego. Losing contact with oneself can result in confusion, self-doubt, loss of confidence, and ending up in jobs, activities or relationships that feel alienated. In these case centering will lead us back into clarity, confidence, meaningful commitments and certainty. On the polar opposite of the spectrum, losing contact with oneself can lead to over-identification with one’s job or role in society, taking one’s desires too seriously, or considering one’s ideas (about self, others, and the world) as the absolute unshakeable truth. In these cases, centering will soften over-identification and mental rigidity by offering a deeper sense of identity and a larger awareness of reality. They allow for transcending one’s role and self-image and they deliver insights that foster more fluidity in handling needs, desires, and ambitions. 

Centering helps us knowing our natural place in relationships and society. When we are out of center we tend to either don’t show up and by consequence to abandon our natural rights, privileges, and benefits that we get from occupying our true place in contact with our environment. Or sometimes we try to control too hard in an attempt to obtain forcefully what otherwise would flow harmoniously towards us. There is a perfect place for everyone and by centering we not only find that place. We actually migrate naturally towards that place by the laws of attraction and synchronicity. Instead of conquering or fighting for our place, we go along with the benevolent undercurrent of Life that organizes synchronistically where to go, what to do, with whom to relate, and when to do so.

These are just 3 examples of the limitless number of ways that centering and alignment positively affect the quality of life.

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