I’m not messing around here today, this is short, simple and life changing.
If you want to be the best version of yourself, if you want to be happy and fulfilled and have time and energy for what is important you need to find your center.
I like to think that your center is where your soul lives. It is your internal compass, the place where the deepest part of you exists. When we are centered, we are calm, quiet and feel at peace. We can listen for our inner wisdom, or intuition. In this space, we can make decisions easily because we understand how we want to feel, what we want to experience and how our actions will affect the people and things that are most important to us.
It is easy to lose sight of your center. I’m here to tell you that I lost it for years. Most of us spend most of our time moving from one obligation to the next, with barely a chance to breathe. The most common complaint I hear from people is that they are stressed, overscheduled, and struggling to find balance. The world is busy and noisy, and it drowns out the voice inside our head that we can only hear in stillness.
When that happens, we cope. We manage to get done what needs to be done. On a good day, we might even conquer our to-do list. We exist day-by-day by going through the motions. What we can’t do when we are not centered is find the time to step back enough to get perspective. Indeed, sometimes we can’t even step back enough to find time to go to the bathroom! It is no way to live your life.
That’s why centering yourself will change your life. It gets you back in touch with what is important. It allows you to recognize the difference between “I want to” and “I should do.” It gives you the freedom to eliminate things that don’t serve you and to choose things that make you happy and enrich you. When your life is aligned with your values, you live easier, happier and in a more positive state. When you are regularly in touch with your center, you thrive.
We find our center in different ways. Yoga or mediation are traditional ways to center yourself. Prayer offers quiet and calmness for many people. I know people who feel most centered when walking in nature or going for their morning run. Music or art have the potential to transport some to a place of centeredness. I find my center when sitting in a quiet corner of my home with a book, when I listen to the ocean, and when I watch the sunset over the lake.
It doesn’t matter how you get there, but it is important that you do. Of all of the things I have done as I’ve redesigned my life, this is the most powerful. In moments when I felt centered I listened to my inner voice tell me that I needed to quit my job, sell my house, move near water and spend more time with my family. I listened to my body telling me that I needed to take some drastic steps towards better health. When I was scared of all the changes, scared that I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills and scared that I was giving up the career I had worked so long and hard for, my inner voice told me it was going to be okay, even better than okay. And it was right.
Find your center and you will change your life.
How do you find your center? Has your inner wisdom led you to the right choices? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below.