Centering Practices


 
There are many, many ways to relax the body/mind, to detach or “disengage from everyday human awareness,” and to center the gravity or focus of awareness, as a preparation for entering the meditative state of mind and to experience pure contemplation or meditation.

Centering Practice Model

Learning Model for Centering Practice

Here are some examples that were featured by The Huffington Post on their Web site.

Guided Meditation (by Agapi )

Guided Meditation (by Agapi )

You can find more instruction and information on centering and contemplative practices here at our site. We have a related Facebook page to inspire and promote contemplative practice through music or technically enhanced sound audio. For other supplemental blogs, try running a search here on our site by entering the word centering as the search input.

Make your centering practice a regular practice, whatever be the form of the practice you find personally attractive or satisfactory. Schedule your practice session at least twice daily: one – upon waking up in the morning (or shortly thereafter), and another one – later in the day preferably at sunset or early evening before dinner. Do a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes practice each session. If you are a total beginner and find it difficult to sit still over an extended period of time, start with at least 3 minutes consistently for a week. Then, build up your session’s duration gradually over the next weeks, incrementally extending it by an additional minute per week, until you can regularly maintain an ideal 20-minute practice consistently.

If the practice feels boring or tired and dry after some time, try switching to another practice form. It is advisable to become familiar with more than one practice form, so you can address and neutralize moods and situations that tempt you to skip or neglect your scheduled practice.

Accept the fact that a centering practice is a mental and spiritual discipline at the beginning of your journey. The human mind needs to become acclimated to periods of sitting alone in stillness and inner quiet. As you season your practice with personal commitment or a loving devotion or dedication for intimacy with God-Within, and as you engage in actual contemplation in particular, your centering practice will transform into a simple, unceasing, gentle, loving prayer of the heart.*

You cannot go wrong with relocating awareness to your Spirit center of Being. There, you will find your true and real Self.


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*For more information on the prayer of the heart, refer to the following sources:

Also, you might want to explore a useful online media tool for centering or contemplation at calm.com.


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About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of contemporary mysticism. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in over 30 years of study, practice, unfoldment, realization and experience, in the course of which he has received the gifts of spiritual discernment and transmission. His teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in a student through the process and alchemy of mystical transformation. Marc facilitates the mystical teachings under the style of Contemplative Pathways, enabling others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning the Truth teaching and living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area in a classroom, lecture, workshop or group practice setting, for over fifteen years. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism. His approach to the mystical life is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, spiritually transreligious, and definitively unitive and nondualistic. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring and spiritual healing practice. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness now occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work presently focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing through the practice of contemplation or meditation, as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. He remains firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.
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