December 18th, 2013

Going There: 5 Ways To Find The Center Of Our Being

By Brian Hyman

“At the center of our being is a truth that shines brighter than a thousand suns.” – The Vedas

My experience as a teacher and student of yoga is that the center of our being is a cradle of infinite wisdom; knowingness within a realm of timelessness; a birthright of calm; a reservoir of love without boundaries; and the place where mind, body, and Spirit are informed by the rhythm of the cosmos.

The center of our being can be found in many ways. For example, I have used various religious, spiritual, and secular methods to find the center of my being. I have called upon God, Buddha, and Jesus; I have prayed to Shiva, Ganesh, and Hanuman; I have meditated on a mountain top, in the desert, and beside the ocean. I have also sang, danced, played music, and invoked the spirits of my ancestors.

Ultimately, the search for the center of our being is an inner journey. There is no right or wrong way to approach this type of self-examination. However, I would suggest the following three guidelines as means to remain determined while on such a path: 1) Be open, honest, and willing to discover truth in all its forms; 2) Be sincere with intentions and efforts; and 3) Lead with the heart.

Below are 5 ways to help illuminate fundamental truths and eternal wisdom within the center of your being.

When noise ceases, experiential knowledge supersedes intellect. Quietude stimulates concentration and comprehension. Amidst silence, a sense of interconnectedness with all things forges a path toward the center of our being.

How to Go There: Set aside times during the day to turn off the TV, radio, and computer. Choose moments each week to refrain from texting, talking, and emailing. Sit in silence and focus on the breath.

Nature is reliable and devoted to purpose; its consistency is trustworthy. Nature is a gauge by which thoughts can be realigned. Groundedness is established through communion with nature. When the integrity of nature is revered, awareness of Oneness becomes a pathway to the center of our being.

How to Go There: Go outside, touch the earth, look at or swim in the ocean, take a hike, work in a garden, and enjoy the sun, moon, and stars.

Yoga practitioners connect to the center of our being through mental, physical, and spiritual stimulation. For example, standing pose tadasana, or mountain pose, cultivates solidity and stillness; sitting pose sukhasana, or easy pose, allows for discovery of patience and presence; and supine pose savasana, or corpse pose, offers opportunity to learn humility through surrender.

How to Go There: Take a yoga class at a local studio or gym. Also, practice at home alone, or with a DVD or online class.

When a candle is lit, a drishti, or focal gaze, can be utilized to contemplate the flame. The eyes can then be closed and the image of the flame can become a point of focus within the mind (a yogic process known as trataka). Attention will shift from physical sight to Inner Vision; the center of our being can be accessed during this transition.

How to Go There: Find a quiet spot and light a candle. Focus on the breath to anchor this meditation in the present moment. If friends are invited to join this practice, create a circle and place the candle (or other fire source) in the middle of the group.

Prayer strengthens the energy of mindfulness. Prayer can be offered aloud and in silence; sitting, kneeling, and standing; communicated in solitude and among spiritual or religious friends. When prayer is utilized for sacred relationship, connection to the center of our being is made.

How to Go There: Pray to a higher power of your own understanding. Speak from the heart.

How do you find the center of your being? What do you find and feel when you go there? Please leave comments and suggestions below, we would love to hear from you! Namaste.

Going There: 5 Ways to Find the Center of Our Being

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