Connecting to your inner centre, for inner silence, courage and a natural discipline.
A simple way to centre or ground yourself that is especially helpful when your world is in turmoil.
When: At night-time/first thing in the morning
Osho has said of the Hara, which is located two inches below the navel, “That is the centre from where one enters life and that is the centre from where one dies and goes out of life. So that is the contact centre between the body and the soul. If you feel a sort of wavering left and right and you don’t know where your centre is, that simply shows that you are no more in contact with your Hara, so you have to create that contact.”
When: In the night when you go to sleep/first thing in the morning
Duration: 10-15 minutes
Step 1: Lie down on the bed and put both your hands 2” below the navel, and press a little. Start breathing… deep breathing. You will feel that centre coming up and down with the breathing.
Step 2: Now feel your whole energy there as if you are shrinking and shrinking and are just existing there as a small centre, as very concentrated energy.
Fall asleep doing it – that will be helpful. Then the whole night that centering persists. Again and again the unconscious goes and centres there. So throughout the whole night, without your knowing, you will be coming in many ways in deep contact with the centre.
Step 3: In the morning, the moment that you feel that sleep has gone, don’t open the eyes first. Again put your hands there, push a little, start breathing; again feel the Hara. Do this for 10-15 minutes and then get up.
Do this every night, every morning. Within three months you will start feeling centred.
“It is very essential to have a centering otherwise one feels fragmentary; then one is not together. One is just like a jigsaw – all fragments and not a gestalt, not a whole. It is a bad shape, because without a centre a man can drag but cannot love. Without a centre you can go on doing routine things in your life, but you can never be creative. You will live at the minimum. The maximum will not be possible for you. Only by centering one lives at the maximum, at the zenith, at the peak, at the climax, and that is the only living, a real life.”
(Osho: A Rose is a Rose is a Rose)
Osho added, on another occasion, that once one becomes aware of the Hara, many things start happening. “For example, there will be less thinking because energy will not move to the head; it will go to the hara. The more you think of the hara, the more you concentrate there, the more you will find a discipline arising in you. That comes naturally; it has not to be forced.
“The more you are aware of the Hara, the less you will become afraid of life and death – because that is the centre of life and death. Once you become attuned to the Hara centre, you can live courageously. Courage arises out of it: less thinking, more silence, less uncontrolled moments, natural discipline, courage and a rootedness, a groundedness.”
(Osho: This Is It!)