Skillful Action Begins with Connection to Center

On the aikido mat I learn that mastery of movement and action begins with connecting to my center.  From my center, I connect to my partner and lead him or her into graceful action.  If I skip the connection part, my action is as effective as vacuuming the carpet with a vacuum cleaner that is not plugged into the electric socket.  I work really hard to drag my partner into action and not much happens!  I realize I talk about connecting to center often in these emails.   It’s a central and overlooked concept in our fast paced world.  We tend to skip over the connection part and move straight to action.  Connection to center is key to skillful communication, listening, and action.
Take a moment now:
Inhale. Feel your belly expand.  Allow your breath to extend your energy up and out, like the branches of a tree.  On your exhale, see that slowly circling ribbon of light on your breath.  See it circle through you and into the earth.  Bring your attention to your center, two inches below your navel.  Inhale and exhale again.  Be aware of your breath expanding your belly.  Notice your connection to your center.  Promise to return to center often throughout your day.