I think it means getting deep into the raw, vulnerable, authenticity of our souls. 'Centered' means that those hunches we feel in our lives will apply no matter which way our life is leaning.
It applies whether our lives are 72° and sunny.
And it applies whether our lives are dark and foggy.
If you've ever written in a journal, or reread something you wrote during a tough time in your life, and you find that those words of yours still apply in a good time you may be going through (or vice versa)... then those are authentic, centered feelings. Balanced. And good ones to listen to.
A friend of mine and I will often copy and paste eachother's own words, and then email them back to the other person. Our own words, sent right back to us.
Only we truly know the complexity of the path each of us has to walk. It's a winding journey, and sometimes has unexpected sink holes. But no one else can walk it for us. Even we ourselves may see and know we need to make a turn ahead, but unless we do it... ourselves... it simply will not happen.
Others can share their perspectives on what we are going through, and I believe that can be a great help. Maybe they have walked a part of that path and can shed wisdom to save you some trouble, or guide you to a beautiful part of the path ahead. Or they can say "hey, you're almost there, you're doing great!" Or they can also hold up a mirror to help us see the things we already know and are already saying.
But ONLY YOU possess the centered wisdom, authentic to you, of the direction you need to go in. Even if it's not a fun place to go to, or through. If the centered place in you is guiding you in that direction. Trust it. Go.
Trust it. Go.
You possess that wisdom.
You need to listen to that wisdom.
And if it's truly centered, it will apply whether our lives are 72° and sunny or dark and foggy.
Case in point of 'our own words':
"When there is absence in our life, even if it hurts, or we ache, or we cry, or we are lost, it can also be precisely the condition needed for us to be filled-up. With the presence of something new. With a new job, an illumination, a new opportunity, with God, with a brilliant idea, or a friend." — Absence. Presence. 4/24/2011
"Let go. Hang on. Listen. Follow. Ask for strength. Patience. Allow yourself to be guided. Keep your eyes open. Go for it. And be grateful for this moment, however it unfurls, this moment is your life." — 365 4/24/2010
Center. Listen. Trust. Go.
©2011 Wendy Hudgins