I can’t believe it’s already Week 5 in the program! Week 5 is all about centering. Baron Baptiste describes centering as “emancipating”. He explains, “As we practice staying centered we discover that we have the capacity to be aware of the little gremlin voices in our heads and that we don’t have to get caught up in the illusions of our own story.” (Baptiste, 2004, p. 178). As I interpret it, centering means looking inward for answers instead of outward and also being fully present. Centering works in conjunction with two laws of the 40 Days Program. Law 9: Don’t Rush the Process and Law 10: Be True to Yourself. The theme of centering and these laws shaped our practice, meditation
This week’s practice was centering. We are now moving through the entirety of the Baptiste Journey into Power sequence every day. During our in-person meeting, we focused on aligning in camel pose. I learned that I was doing what we refer to as “duck butt”. I was tilting my pelvis forward. With a partner, we took photos of each other before and after we were correctly aligned. This was extremely helpful for me as I am a visual learner. We also noticed that many of us felt lighter in our practice after the fruit feast of Week 4.
Meditation is a key component
Our nutrition this week will center us by grounding us after feeling light from the Week 4 fruit feast. We are focusing on eating root vegetables and mineral-rich foods. This includes potatoes, seaweed, leafy greens, fruit, nuts
Centering feels like coming home to yourself and aligning from within. It is exactly what I needed at this point in the program. Stay tuned for the last post of this series, highlighting Week 6!