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.


About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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