To the left, and to the right, to the left again, and to the right, forever we march never realizing that we march in circles. The center is a vital root. If you would know strength in your path as you chose it, the center is still necessary.
A sense, or focus of being rather then thought, is center.
“I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.” Dwight David Eisenhower (American 34th President (1953-61). 1890-1969)
“You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go… Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (American Basketball Player NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers), b.1947)
Centering is one of those practices that’s so simple it’s complicated. Even when we are physically relaxed we are often not at all centered. If we’re relaxing watching TV say, it’s so kinetic that we just stay off center. We get conditioned to just ignore center and are often even afraid of it. We don’t recognize it as a part of our sense of self. We are generally conditioned to see that “I am what I do”. This is actually a pretty viral belief and it creates a lot of disharmony, not just in domestic life but in business and social life… Seek More
The truth put forth by any of the reputable sources have the power they do because they can be applied to experience. I have always said that religion should stop complaining about science and instead hold itself to the same standards. Not of mechanism, but of experiential reference. Unfortunately, it seems the ‘reputable’ sources simplify everything, and people distort them. Simple isn’t necessarily simple. At times people accuse me of over complicating things, but in fact it isn’t posturing. I’m not trying to gain attention for me. The more ways I think of saying something, the more your mind will… Seek More
Self declared enlightened people seem to think it’s suppose to come with a good dose of ‘serious’, and seriousness is defined by a kinetic zeal. They are serious about what they do. If they stop doing, then where does the enlightenment go? Mother Teresa was known for not really enjoying ceremony. She preferred the down to earth work of helping her people or any people at hand who needed help. I haven’t heard the Dalai Lama say he’s enlightened. The Dalai Lama’s known for very plain speech is he not? He smiles a lot. Smiling is enlightenment, but I don’t… Seek More
A hedgehog is very centered. So is an armadillos, they do what they do. Maybe muttering to themselves, but not really committed to the muttering. If something comes up they go inside. They don’t run and hide. They don’t get skittish. They just go inside and not do anything for a while. Then when things seem peaceful they go back to shuffling along muttering to themselves and eating food as they find it, or taking whatever else comes. Like my personal meditation style, any creature can be centered in their nature, dynamic and active, but no less centered. Their world… Seek More
When you loose your intention, just act and be? Yes, yet true intention is poorly understood. In fact, you can’t loose true intention. What are you paying attention to? That’s your intention. You probably worry about what you should be paying attention to, and likely don’t pay full attention to anything. Is that fair to say? You can center even watching TV if you actually watch it, though I find when I actually watch TV I get sort of irritated. It‘s like listening to a donkey bray. I find really paying attention to a book is much less annoying. It… Seek More
My own “mentality” is considered defective, but other people give what they don’t care about more often than what they do. For example, those who give money because they can, and it doesn’t really matter to them, are often pulled off center by it. They start wondering at the meaninglessness of things. It doesn’t benefit them, and they instead think “well, it’s my money”, and get pulled into a cycle of guilt and resentment. If they gave what they actually valued then they would be losing nothing. Feel life is unfair? Why not support a human rights group? It would… Seek More
Whenever a statement of fact of any kind comes into your head, repeat the mantra ‘don’t know’. Indeed you may know, but when you know and say ‘don’t know’ you aren’t lying. There is always more. Like watching paint dry, in fact the paint is changing. It does have a ‘what next’, and everything has a ‘what next’. ‘Don’t know’ leaves you open to ‘what next’. Saying ‘I know’ is saying “well this is what I think it is, and it won’t change”. It is basically a lie. How do you build when you’re in a constant state of ‘don’t… Seek More
Centering is one of those so simple it seems impossible sort of things, but in fact centering is as simple as forgetting to breath. People tend to have breathing trouble not because they forget to breath, but because they are over concerned with it or their emotions (which differs from feelings). Everyone can tell you what their clothes feel like right now, yes? Internal feeling is a perception of the energy moving through us. It isn’t the off centered neurosis that most people associate with ‘drama’. In the face of sadness, people can behave very differently and do. E-motion is… Seek More
I’m not sure you can find that which cannot be lost? Indeed you can’t, but you can remember what you forgot because your attention was elsewhere. The keys in my pocket are lost to me if I don’t know they’re there. A baby can feel hungry or dirty or lonely, and that’s all their doing. Feeling it when they are seen to, cleaned or fed or held, then the issue passes and they are ok. How supposedly are we different in our feeling? We are different in our emotion. I think in part we adjust our actions based on how… Seek More
You can’t solve a problem in the same state of mind that made you aware of it. People don’t have a clue, and they look for help from people in the exact same boat. Boats always have two sides, and they float on water that rests on earth. There is always the earth underneath, even when you think you are adrift on water. You said such a typical thing! You said that you look for help from people that can’t really help you, because they are in the same boat and in some way you attract them. They can’t help… Seek More