We live in a world where our western culture moves from concepts of hierarchy (better/worse, good/bad/, more/less) and separation (self/other). Thanks to Cartesian, Newtonian and Darwinian models of understanding the Earth and Cosmos, our awareness lives outside of our bodies searching and seeking for home.
Western notions of the body rely upon a division between mind and body, presenting them as separate as opposed to a whole dynamic, flowing being. When we return to our bodies, we return to the dynamic whole that makes up all of existence. It is from our bodies that we are capable of relating with ourselves and the world. And it is in the relating that we discover our distinctiveness. A distinctiveness that is a thread among infinite threads which weave the tapestry of existence together.
Cultivating center is about coming to know via the body one's particular gifts or medicine. It is about re-membering what has been forgotten. Our great forgetting has stranded us, isolated us, separated us from each other, the Earth and the Cosmos.
Our very being-ness is emergent - arising from the pregnant moment of Now, over and over again. Brought forward by the co-arising of all life, our relationships help to draw forth what longs to be known, and what dreams of finding form and expression. Through our living, our fumbling, our relating, we continuously cultivate and reaffirm center - a center that exists within the spherical nature of our lives.
"Orientations that appear to be vertical and horizontal to us as we stand with our feet on the ground and head in the air are, in reality, radial and tangential to the focal point of the Earth's local-in-non-local center of gravity... Hence there is nowhere that is absolutely 'Above', nor anywhere that is absolutely 'Below' anywhere else in the cosmos. There is only dynamic relationship relative to the inner-outer concavity and convexity of curved surfaces." Alan Rayner