A daily discipline: universal devotions that transcend belief (or unbelief)
(more about the Centerings)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Preparing for Your Daily Centerings


Everyone's different, but we all have a few things in common.

The basic requirements for practicing your Daily Centerings are time and space. How much time is enough and what kind of space is needed will vary from person to person.

We recommend a fairly quiet space. This should be possible for Morning and Night Centerings; it may be tougher at Midday and Evening, when you may still be outside of your home.

As for time, the key thing is not to be rushed. Shorten the Practice as necessary so that whatever you do can be done mindfully. Even if all you can say is one Opening, that is better than mumbling the entire Practice in a hurry.

Beyond the Basics

Ideally, you will be able to use some props. the more religiously-minded might even have an altar. But even the non-religious can benefit psychologically from the ideas below.

You can use any or all of these:

  • Incense
  • Candle
  • An image (statue, picture)
  • Bells or drum
  • Cushion or chair

One way to begin might be:

  • Light the incense
  • Light the candle
  • Sit quietly, focused on the image
  • Ring the bell or strike the drum three times, allowing silence to fall between each time
  • Begin

If you are religious, you may wish to invoke your deity before beginning.

See also:

How to Use Your Daily Centerings

A Word on Wording

A Word on Times

Practicing Your Daily Centerings with Others

The Purpose of Each Practice

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