The ancestor of every action is a thought. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I optimize my centering practice?”
“You initiate and guide your practice with thoughts expressed as meaningful words – I call them word-thoughts.
In attempting to optimize the process, you’re essentially asking:
When centering, what do I want to think?
You’re creating an optimal sequence of word-thoughts.”
“I have a tendency to overcomplicate it and create too long a sequence.”
“Make simplicity your mantra. Make the process three steps at most.
I call the first item of the sequence, the access-point. Make the access-point something deeply meaningful to you. Your highest value, your Center.
What is your Center?”
“That is your access-point.
Whenever you initiate the centering practice, think Love.
Let’s make it a three-step process.
What do you want the next two steps to be?”
“Breathing, and a body check.”
“So we have a sequence:
This is the macro-sequence. Every item of the sequence can itself be a micro-sequence.
For instance, you can just breathe. But you can make it more powerful by smiling as you breathe and thinking ‘Peace’ – the beautiful practice you’ve learned from Thich Nhat Hanh.
Se we have a micro-sequence:
What are the key aspects of the body check?”
“Noticing and adjusting my posture, noticing tension, accepting, and letting go.”
“So we have another micro-sequence:
— Let go
Visually, the process looks something like this:
Breathing, body check, posture and tension are essentially self-awareness practice.”