Return to Center

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

‘The challenge of warriorship is to live fully in the world as it is and to find within the world, with all its paradoxes, the essence of nowness.”
— Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

I just completed teaching a weekend workshop here in Vancouver called “Return to Center”. Often when we are under stress (whether it is emotional, physical, mental or situational), we react habitually to challenges and give up our center. It is one thing to become aware of our patterns and ways of responding and a completely different skill to actually be able to meet challenges in a more skillful way. During the weekend workshop we explored finding center in the body over and over again  and practiced staying engaged with challenges as they arose. When we can befriend our reactive patterns and meet them with compassion and acceptance, we have the ability to draw on our “bigger” selves and include internal or external triggers rather than having to separate from them. We can notice the onset of a reactive pattern (like being defensive, getting spaced out or wanting to run away), self-correct and bring ourselves back to a centered state of being. Like my teacher Wendy Palmer often says: “The biggest gift we can give someone, is to get ourselves together.”