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  • Writer's pictureVicki Murtagh

"Stay Centred!" But what does that mean?

"Stay Centred" seems to be a new-aged trendy saying. Phrases like find your centred, be grounded, open your heart... are thrown around everywhere.... during #yoga classes, in conversations with friends and reflection discussions about your day. But what do they actually mean?

Had a deep realisation about this and laughed so hard, when listening to a YouTube video from Matt Kahn. If you haven't experienced the blessings of his teaching there is a link to his channel on the photo below. For some context. Matt Kahn is a very wise, enlighten soul, who has an in-depth clarity of the human condition which he shares with humility, humor and grace. Now, taking that into consideration, was listening to Matt Kahn sharing about his experiencing within a yoga class. He was so confused by what the teacher was saying, "Stay in your centred." Matt Kahn was like, "What do you mean stay in my centre... What is my centre and how do I know if I have one?" Laughed so very hard because only the night before had done the exact same thing as this yoga teacher.... and what Matt Kahn was saying was so true. Phrases are so often used without providing the context to create clarity for those receiving these comments.

These #newage catch phrases are said with almost an expectation that they make sense; that people get what is being said. Yet how many of us internally have the same reaction as #mattkahn ? So this #blog is designed to assist in developing an #awareness around such concepts. That way you are able to experience a sensation of these phrases instead of be lost in the confusion of the thinking mind.

The Power of Words

First off would like to share a story from my past that illustrates how shifts within language create a shift within the #consciousness of humanity.

Well over two decades ago, whilst studying at uni and still living with my parents, remember discussing one of my assignments. Dad, who was unhappy with his job, became irritated. Upon asking the reason for his irritation, discovered it had to do with words. The key concepts (or trendy catch phrases for the time) that were written within the assignment description, were the same trendy concepts that dad was attempting to wrap his head around at word.

In hindsight these so call trendy phrases of the 90s are now common practices within modern society. On top of this they have played a massive role in the shift from hierarchy driven company structures to more #collaborative structures. So what were these phases:

  • networking

  • outcomes

  • benchmark

  • focus learning

  • goal orientation

  • emotional intelligence

  • target

  • mission statements and vision

In the same way that these concepts are now an integral part of society, they are everywhere; there is a sense that these new trendy phrases are weaving shifts into our way of being to eventually change society at large.

A shout out to Yoga Teachers and Healers

Now for a little insight, in support for all the #teachers and #healers out there, who use these sayings. These sayings are used because we have experienced an inner state that is different from the high-strung busy statue quo that is the norm these days. These phrases are a way of expressing these experience with the purpose of assisting people to also stepping into a state of ease.

To add to this complex mixture of expressing sensations that are different to the norm, is that of the #thinkingmind. As a society we have disengaged from the powerful #expression that comes through #emotions and #feelings. We literally attempt to think our way out of every situation. Phrases like, "Stay centred," are feeling based. Finding words that aid in expression of feelings is a challenge due to the over active thinking mind.

Also in support to all the wonderful healers and teachers, we are attempting to express a sensation, a feeling, a way of being that can not be comprehended by the thinking mind. It can only be felt through the body and perceived through the neutral mind and awakened via #intuition.

Expressions of the inner state that comes from practice can be difficult to put in words

Let's now look directly at the concept of "Staying Centred"

Whilst all these new-age concepts (which are actually thousands of years old) are crucial for a life of #fulfillment, would like to focus on the expression of "Staying Centred" as it is most potent for the year ahead. It is our anchor amidst the crashing waves, strong currents and tidal pull that this year will amplify.

So let's use this thinking mind and the power of expression to delve into this sensation of staying centred. This concept of being centre is the foundation for #wellness. Time for definitions, as our thinking mind loves this.

Wellness is the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. What is good health?
In 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health with a phrase that is still used today. "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. What is well-being?
Well-being is the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. What has this all got to do with staying centred?