The AWE of Centering
I just finished my fifth day skiing. Finding my center is paramount. High winds as it snows makes for poor visibility. Centering is vital since falling may result in a yard sale. This is when both me and all my equipment goes all over the slopes.
Such wonder just being in the Rockies I find a different AWE - Awakening With Exercise.
Finding my center is an exercise of being aware in every moment. Gathering and consolidating energy is much more beneficial then scattering it. Simple things like mindfully riding my bicycle or driving my car is why it is important to be centered. Centering requires a focused presence. As I expand this centered awareness it also welcomes a new level of happiness. Bringing a focus to my physical experience with a keen awareness on how my body feels in the “now” excels my potential. Awakening with exercise (AWE), I better observe what is happening and judge less my present experience. This takes me beyond my emotional stories and the concepts that imprison me. Centering is about listening or “hereness” lessening my mind chatter. Such a simple practice of checking into my body senses grounds me. Centering what is present increases my Chi or vibrancy. This AWE allows me to just “be” lessening depleting distractions.
Experiment on centering by first getting yourself in a comfortable sitting posture. Watch how your lungs fill up with air and then how you exhale. How does the air touch your nose or mouth? Feel how your bottom connects with your chair, your feet with the floor. Explore by taking a quick body-scan. Feel the heat or tingling of your skin. Observe what happens when you let go allowing your stress to fall away. As you focus on relaxing become curious about it, yet limit thought to a specific texture, temperature, and the quality of this body feeling. What is happening now in your body and watch pass. Centering always brings you back to core body sensations. Does it change much or just shift slightly? Is there a kind of easing or opening, a sense of being firmly grounded? Awakening with exercise centers me to pay attention to an intention of awe. Behold and savor the birth and wonder of each new second.