Let's first think about our literal "core." When you engage in almost any sport or physical activity you will hear your trainer or coach remind you to "focus on your core." There is good reason that people are encouraged to focus on their core when engaging in physical activity. Your core is a complex series of muscles extending far beyond your abs, is incorporated in almost every movement of the human body, and acts as a stabilizer. When you increase your core strength you in turn can: alleviate back pain, improve posture, increase athletic performance, improve balance, and have safer everyday movements. So, it is clear that focusing on your core is a great step in the right direction for physical well being.
Now, let's take a look at your "center." Figuratively speaking your "center" is where you are able to clear your mind of all the competing energies and achieve clarity, calmness, and control. In our hectic world of today with to do lists, lack of time, and pressures to achieve we can easily lose sight of our "center." We then can engage in behaviors or responses that may not truly represent who we are. We may then exhibit behaviors that are impaired by our lack of clarity. Being able to step back and "find your center," will allow you to refocus your perspectives, your approaches, and ultimately your responses and interactions with others.
While on Twitter yesterday I saw a post about a Kindergarten class in our district that is incorporating meditation in their daily routines. They are seeing a major positive impact on the students and their ability to focus as a result of the meditation.
I "Googled" finding your center to broaden my own insights and I was struck by many posts on the topic. One in particular really resonated with me. The post written by Dawn Kaiser of the Village Business Institute is titled, "What's your genius? What's your center?" Right off she references the movie, The Rise of the Guardians. She asks the reader to remember the scene where Santa Claus asks Jack Frost, "What's your center?" Santa explains to him that the center is just like the Russian Dolls that have little wooden dolls hidden within, each of us has a center or purpose inside of us. Your center is the reason that you are here, why you exist.
I encourage you to find your center. I encourage you to clear your mind and focus on what is important to you. I encourage you to then refocus on your job and your interactions with students, parents, and colleagues. Use your "center" to be mindful of others and send the message of your "genius."
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