Saturday, July 16, 2016
Be Your Center
Relate to your life as the person you are and not as you think you should be. To do this we must learn to live from our center. Most of us live on the periphery of life, sometimes spinning violently through life without an anchor. Some people don’t even know they have a center. That is why we often refer to someone as being “on edge”.
One of the problems with living on the edge is that is causes you to relate to others on their edge. They will in turn be “on edge” with you. Our understanding of each other is oftentimes on the periphery and this is what keeps us locked into an ego mentality. It is the ego that keeps us separated and this is what causes violence and hatred.
On the edge all of life becomes superficial. To really understand anything we need to get inside of it. If we learn to live from our center we begin to relate to others from their center and even if they are still on the periphery of life we are never on edge with ourselves, with others and with the world.
The secret is to get mentally inside whatever you are trying to understand; to gaze outward from your center rather that inward from the edge of life. The first thing to do is to go inward to your center where you will find that place where all humans are connected. We all feel. We all cry and we all laugh. So go to your center and find the center of humanity and then from your center reach out into the world. In this we can overcome violence because violence is spinning out of control without connection to our center. Your center is strong, balanced and yet flexible enough to find compassion and understanding for all of life. Let’s begin our practice.
To keep you centered remember this. Most people perceive life as “circumference everywhere, center nowhere. Instead perceive your life as “center everywhere, circumference nowhere.” In the great web of life we are all connected at the center.