“Concentrate the energy on the Hara, the point two inches below the navel.
“That is the center from where one enters life and that is the center from where one dies and goes out of life. So that is the contact center between the body and the soul. If you feel a sort of wavering left and right and you don’t know where your center is, that simply shows that you are no longer in contact with your Hara, so you have to create that contact.”
Practice: In the night, when you go to sleep/first thing in the morning.
Duration: 5-10 minutes.
Step 1: Locate the Hara
“Lie down on the bed and put both your hands two inches below the navel and press a little.
Step 2: Take a Deep Breath!
“Start breathing, deep breathing. You will feel that center coming up and down with the breathing. Feel your whole energy there as if you are shrinking and shrinking and shrinking and you are just existing there as a small center, very concentrated energy.
Step 3: Center While U Sleep!
“Fall asleep doing it — that will be helpful. Then the whole night that centering persists. Again and again the unconscious goes and centers there. So the whole night without your knowing, you will be coming in many ways in deep contact with the center.
Step 4: Reconnect with the Hara
“In the morning, the moment that you feel that sleep has gone, don’t open your eyes first. Again put your hands there, push a little, start breathing; again feel the Hara. Do this for 10-5 minutes and then get up.
“Do this every night, every morning. Within three months you will start feeling centered.
“It is very essential to have a centering otherwise one feels fragmentary; then one is not together. One is just like a jigsaw — all fragments and not a gestalt, not a whole. It is a bad shape because without a center a man can drag but cannot love. Without a center, you can go on doing routine things in your life, but you can never be creative. You will live the minimum. The maximum will not be possible for you.
Only by centering does one live at the maximum, at the zenith, at the peak, at the climax, and that is the only living, a real life.
“For example, there will be less thinking because energy will not move to the head, it will go to the Hara. The more you think of the Hara, the more you concentrate there, the more you will find a discipline arising in you. That comes naturally, it has not to be forced.
“The more you are aware of the Hara, the less you will become afraid of life and death — because that is the center of life and death. Once you become attuned to the Hara center, you can live courageously. Courage arises out of it: less thinking, more silence, less uncontrolled moments, natural discipline, courage and rootedness, a groundedness.”
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Osho, The Book of Secrets, Talk #13 – Inner Centering