Centering and Writing
One of the commenters this morning asked about centering herself or maybe it was a himself. He/she didn’t want to waste the 15 minutes it took to center in order to write. Centering is an interesting question. I think that the question for writers is how to focus a muddled mind. How to get ride of all the other thoughts that are coming up in order to focus on what we believe we are supposed to be writing. It’s true that I have a routine and I will share that routine with you. But I think the more important question is why do you have the muddled mind? In my own case I have nothing to write about, until I do. Sometimes when I meditate, I am so filled with ideas that I can’t wait to write them down. Other times, there seems to be nothing. I sit down to write any way and my fingers just start typing. Maybe it’s drivel that comes out. I don’t know. But when I read what I have written I say hmmm that’s interesting and how about this.
Center is a funny word. When I think of centering, I think of going into zero pint. Zero point is the true center for all that is, and it is in our center. To center I actually step into that place where there is nothing and take a look around and say to myself and the Universe, what of the infinite possibility from here to I choose to be a part of and participate in today. Sometimes I write about that.
Or I ground and use grounding energy to kick-start my brain and heart mind into writing about something that I believe might be of benefit to humanity. It might be something amazing or something funny or something that would change a person’s perception of the world in a good way. If I have a mission it is to spread the joy that I see into the world. So, if one of my ideas can do that, I write about it. I want to leave the world a better place than I found it. I don’t think that any of us needs fixing or changing. But I believe that others believe that they do. That is why they come to my site and read my blogs in the first place. It is the believe that they need fixing and that they need to change. Change your perception and you change your life.
Change your perception that you aren’t already centered, and you change your life. Change your idea that the 15 minutes is wasted. What if it’s not wasted? And guess what also happens? You are happy during that 15 minutes and the 15 minutes also goes away. Acceptance of what is changes into what we wish it to be. The 15 minutes just might go away. Or not. Either way, you are happier and writing from a place of being centered.
Every morning I rise with the sun and greet it. I say my Morning Prayer. You can find a copy of the prayer in one of my blogs. I start with gratitude. We can’t feel too much gratitude for being alive and for the day we are about to experience. I ask what shall I experience today? What aspect of God source should I see reflected in every breath and step I take? Then I listen. I usually hear a word or start thinking about an idea. I made prayer cards which I just started using this week. I drew three cards because I wanted the complexity of the ideas. Today I drew Breath, Abundance and Love. I had intended to write about how Abundance is a color or aspect of Love which is the absence but yet the possibility of all that is. And that the breath is a tool to access that Love which would inform us of our state of abundance energy. The breath is an excellent tool for all things. In fact, it would be a good tool for centering.
So, if your mind is muddled, focus on your breath. Be grateful for your breath and breathe in and out ten times counting to 7 on the in and out breath. Make your breath circular. Do not hold it in at the top or the bottom of your breath. Focus on your breath and nothing else.
Then start writing or doing what ever it is that you choose to do the rest of your day.
Techniques for Centering
- Focus on your breath. Be grateful for your breath and breathe in and out ten times counting to 7 on the in and out breath. Make your breath circular. Do not hold it in at the top or the bottom of your breath. Focus on your breath and nothing else.
- Techniques for focus. Notice your noticing. Play with focus and fuzzy awareness within the act of noticing. Go from laser focus to fuzzy awareness. Go back and forth. Can you do both at the same time? What are you noticing right now?