By Jackie Ruka
The word centered, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as emotionally stable and secure.
In today’s world, one might concur that feeling centered, even if just for 15 minutes a day, may take a miracle. Miracles can happen! However, I am here to say that I learned to master the strategy to becoming centered by accident.
Suffice to say, this is NOT about learning to meditate. Albeit, I am an avid meditator and it has changed my life immensely over the years. However, meditation at one time, I believed, was a time waster. I literally had no time to learn how to quiet my mind to meditate. In fact, I thrived on the monkey chatter in my brain, believing the chatter was the gasoline to my adrenaline lived life. In hindsight, it was also the stressor.
Many years ago, I was hit with a triple whammy all in a matter of months: My Dad passed; a job I loved laid me off; and the man I thought I was going to marry turned out to be mister wrong. All this change at once not only created extreme stress, I truly felt out of balance and lost. I tried to meditate, but I simply could not get comfortable in my discomfort and I knew I had to find a path that had me excited and relieved at the same time.
Long story short, I stumbled upon a strategy that not only changed my life tremendously, I was manifesting my desires at a rapid pace by practicing the art of visualization. Through visualization we catch a glimpse of “what is” or our preferred future.
Anyone can do this and becoming centered is doable when you decide it to be. In other words, you must see it to believe it before it becomes a goal. And once you do your purpose begins to align to your wants, desires and outcomes. This is the best moment to place your order to the Universe.
Think about your favorite athlete; perhaps a top tennis champion, Olympic gold downhill skier or soccer player. Most champions started with a dream, however to narrow it down and get super focused entailed visualizing where he or she will land. The landing spot to where you want to be is paramount to the visualization process.
The question you may be asking is, I don’t know where I want to land or what that looks or feels like. And that is perfectly OK. In fact, that is the exciting journey to becoming centered. Simply put, just think of your most happiest place, where your mind, body and soul feel at peace and immersed with heightened senses to your enjoyable surrounding.
Once you become settled into your dreamscape and begin to relax and release your thoughts. What happens is by opening your imagination, mental images that your intuition and third eye have held deep within begin to surface. Hence, the centered feeling within takes hold; this is also termed as outcome visualization.
A second example of visualization is known as process visualization where imagining each step as if it already happened. I practiced process visualization when I decided to sell my home in California. I began to visualize the sold sign on my front lawn. I also wrote down a number of the amount I required to receive from the sale of the house and kept it on my night stand where I could see it every morning as I woke and every evening when I went to bed.
I journaled every night that the person buying my home was a cash buyer and was receiving a very happy home filled with love. All my inspired actions, from using burning sage to purify the house to decorating it as a welcome zen space for the new buyer instilled a quick cash offer in 30 days.
The combination of outcome visualization with process visualization is powerful and anyone can do it. It has been known as a scientifically based fact that athletes who trained with visualization succeeded as winners versus athletes’ whose performance was based on physical training alone. Therefore, real world events with visualization have a profound effect upon the subconscious mind. The brain cannot tell the difference between imagination and reality.
Your thoughts and imagination are powerful. The more often you SEE yourself in your preferred future with a strong feeling and belief behind it, the greater chance for your dream or desire to happen.
When you see yourself as calm, relaxed and in tune, the stronger you will feel centered and stable.
Jackie Ruka is America’s Happyologist and Leadership Strategist; learn more about her book and services at www.jackieruka.com. Download the free quick guide 5 Mindshifts to Massive Success. Get on Jackie’s calendar with a Clarity Game Change Session today!