A Place to Stand

In an article entitled “Find Your Ground” by Dr. Rick Hanson, he writes about finding a place to stand when you’ve been shaken. Here are some key pieces of advice he gives on how to find your ground:

  • “Start with you body and the feeling of being here.” Deep breathing helps πŸ™‚
  • “Establish as best you can the relevant facts.” This is important as it allows our rational brain to weigh in to the emotion of what is happening.
  • “Sort out the impact of the event on you and those around you.” This is where we can begin to explore possible direction.

Dr. Hanson goes on to highlight some of the way that we can establish the practice of being grounded. Two that I especially resonate with are:

  • Stand in what feeds you. Like petting your cat, making soup, meditating, loving others, or giving thanks. Guard your attention; disengage from news, websites, or interactions that add little value and mainly just upset you.”
  • Protect your own interests – Focus on what’s in your control.Β  Make a list and work through it. Personally, I find that action eases anxiety.”

Sometimes we get shaken. We can find our ground πŸ™‚

To read the full article (worth the read!):Β https://www.rickhanson.net/find-your-ground/

Photo credit:Β http://Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

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