Thursday, August 18, 2016

Returning To Our Center

To meditate a short time with depth is better than to meditate for long hours with the mind running wild”
-Paramhansa Yogananda
As much as I try to be a centered and balanced person, sometimes my mind is running wild and I feel like I am going in ten different directions.  Life did not always seem as fast paced as it is now.  It seems there is always something to do and somewhere to go.  Living in such a vortex without getting blown away requires deep roots.  Meditation is good fertilizer for these roots.  As much as I talk about meditation I do not spend hours a day in hypnotic bliss.  In the morning I strive for 10-15 minutes of quiet as I sip my coffee.  Once I leave home and slip into the madness of daily life I am often pulled out of my center.  When I am lucky enough to have some presence of mind I can quiet my mind and breathe.  Being centered within myself while being actively engaged with the demands and tasks of life is a never ending tug of war.  It is impossible to be consciously centered all the time.  The best we can do is be aware of when we are and when we are not.  Returning to our center throughout our day can be the North Star on our inner compass.

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