: the point around which a circle or sphere is described
: a point, area, person, or thing that is most important or pivotal in relation to an indicated activity, interest, or condition
: a source from which something originates
Center (n.): late 14th century, “middle point of a circle; point round which something revolves,” from Old French centre, from Latin centrum “center,” originally fixed point of the two points of a drafting compass, from Greek kentron “sharp point, goad, sting of a wasp,” from kentein “stitch,” from Proto-Indo-European root kent- “to prick.”
Meaning “the middle of anything” attested from 1590s. Spelling with -re popularized in Britain by Johnson’s dictionary, though -er is older and was used by Shakespeare, Milton, and Pope. Center of gravity is recorded from 1650s. Center of attention is from 1868.
“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”
Jessica Lange (b. 1949, model, actress, photographer; best known for her roles in “King King,” “Tootsie,” and “Grey Gardens,” and other projects)
“I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.”
Confucius (551 BCE – 479 BCE, China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, whose ideas have influenced the civilization of East Asia)
“Do you have an anchor? I have found that a solid anchor is indispensable to one who intends to live life fully. To have an anchor is to be centered and well grounded. It is to have a vital spiritual base.”
Steve Goodier (ordained United Methodist minister, founder of Life Support System, and author of numerous books about personal development, motivation, inspiration, and transformation; wrote “Joy Along the Way: Sixty-Second Readings That Make the Trip Worthwhile”)
“You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (b. 1947, basketball legend, all-time leading scorer and six-time NBA champion, political activist, New York Times bestselling author; regular contributing columnist for The Washington Post and Time Magazine)
“Truly being authentic is knowing what matters to you, on the deepest level of who you are, and committing always to act from that authentic center.”
Richie Norton (bestselling author of “The Power of Starting Something Stupid,” international speaker, consultant for corporate growth and personal development, social entrepreneur, and CEO and Founder of Global Consulting Circle)
“Do you have an anchor? I have found that a solid anchor is indispensable to one who intends to live life fully. To have an anchor is to be centered and well grounded. It is to have a vital spiritual base.” — Steve Goodier
This is such an important question. Do we have divine anchors we need in our lives, those people and spiritual practices that ground and center us?
When I was a child, my mother was my anchor. Naturally, she was the center of my world, and as the eldest of her four children I was tethered tightly to her. Each of her children had a unique and special bond with her. But, for me it was particularly painful to be away from her at any length of time.
My father once suggested, that as a sensitive child, I must have known to my core that I would not have her for long. Her death left a big crater in all of our lives, one that almost swallowed me whole. It took a long time to form roots to this world.
It wasn’t until I had my own children that it became imperative to ground myself spiritually. After undergoing soul initiations to the next stage and to deeper levels of mindfulness, I was determined to walk my talk and to procure the spiritual tools to commune with my soul, which included meditation and trusting my intuition.
It also took many years to find my soul mates and to develop true friendships with those individuals who were equally centered and grounded.
I am still looking for my beloved, my twin flame, a spiritually-centered man, whose life purpose compliments mine. But, in the meantime, I am enjoying my adventures, happily tethered to Heaven and Earth, thriving as a conduit to Great Love.
Continue to stay strong and centered, sojourners, in the Cosmic Dance!
Miraculously and Lovingly Yours, Tonya