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How to Center

By Patti Wigington

You may at some point hear someone in the Pagan community — or in a book, or on a website — refer to the practice of centering. Much like grounding and shielding, in many traditions it’s crucial that you learn to do this before you begin working magic. Why? Because it’s the beginning of energy work, and if your tradition’s magical practices are based upon the manipulation of energy, then you’ll need to learn to center. If you’ve done any meditation before, it may be a bit easier for you to center, because it uses many of the same techniques. Here’s how to get started.

First, find a place where you can work undisturbed. If you’re at home, take the phone off the hook, lock the door, and turn off the television. You should try to do this in a seated position – and that’s simply because some people fall asleep if they get too relaxed lying down! Once you’re seated, take a deep breath, and exhale. Repeat this a few times, until you are breathing evenly and regularly. This will help you relax. Some people find that it’s easier to regulate their breathing if they count, or if they chant a simple phrase, like “Ohm,” as they inhale and exhale. The more often you do this, the easier it will become.

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