Many spiritual people will tell you that they seek a higher connection to The Universe, to God. All seekers have their own way - prayer, meditation, church, time spent in nature, contemplation, service, and many others. All are effective and important parts of spiritual practice. In addition, there is a simple and powerful way to enhance and grow the connection we crave.
A current spiritual buzzword these days is "being centered." It can mean a number of things and be achieved a number of ways, but moving deeper into this concept may be the best way to build a lasting connection with God.
The feeling of centeredness has many characteristics: a relaxed body, an inner sense of calm, as well as confidence in yourself and your decisions. You are also likely to feel a heightened connection to your actions and life and find you are more in touch with your body. When centered, you are not easily frustrated by events and your responses will be less emotional, your thinking is less erratic.
Centeredness is both a mental and physical state. Sitting in meditation for five minutes each morning can help to put you in the right frame of mind. Focusing on breath, your intentions for the day, and the actual physical center of your body, if practiced regularly, can impact your emotional reactions to stressful events as well as your frustrated thinking.
This simple meditation does not have to be formal or complicated. Five minutes with your eyes closed before getting up in the morning is all that is required. Over time, you'll be able to recall these morning minutes throughout the day. When you feel yourself slipping into an overly emotional response you can return to centeredness and your good intentions by closing your eyes and refocusing.
In addition to intentionally returning to a centered mental state, it is important to regularly focus your attention on your physical center. Take a few minutes now to clear your mind and bring your attention to your body. Allow your mind to move naturally to the place that feels like your personal center.
Give yourself a minute to shift your focus around to make sure you've found your true center. Once found, you can return to this place as needed. When your stress level is rising or when difficult emotions consume you, focus on this place. When centered, ask for guidance to help you with your dilemma.
The main benefit of cultivating centeredness goes beyond the circumstances of our daily lives. Getting to and remaining in a state of centeredness is like tuning in to the right frequency on the radio. A little to the left, a little to the right, and the sound comes in clear.
The Universe is sending messages to us each day. Sometimes in response to our prayers, to point us in new directions, even to keep us safe. By staying centered - being in a relaxed physical, mental, and emotional state - we can ensure that we are as open to receive these messages as possible. Centeredness decreases the chance that we'll miss important information and increases our connection to God.