REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR REGION
We can approach the matter of grounding in many ways:
COMMUNITY and what sorts of energies and boundaries we get from others
AESTHETICS and our choices of media and news
EARTHING and remembering what being on earth is about
ROUTINES and 'jumping rope in that energy'
DIVINATION TOOLS and taking a break from conditioned ego-habitual decision processes
SELF-KNOWLEDGE GAINING and learning from others and from nature and from quiet intuitions
DIY ACTIVITIES and keeping mind and body together moving towards tangible accomplishments
RECORDKEEPING OF SELF and taking a break from focusing on problems and distractions
GOAL SETTING and unpacking the contents of our minds in sorted-out life direction
LIST MAKING and using the philosophy of 'reminders' to help us stay grounded amidst distraction
MEDITATION and emptying the mind of excessive turmoil
ENERGY WORK and using the mind to center and ground our energy
PHYSICAL EXERCISE and releasing tension in the musculature
BREATH WORK and improving the oxygenation of the body cells
MYTHOLOGIES and keeping things in perspective with fantastic tales
NEIGHBORLINESS and becoming less isolated in ones immediate four walls
SMUDGING and 'claiming' boundaries
PRAYER and letting things go with well wishes
BODYWORK and sensual experiences
MEDIA-MUTING and building up our comfort level within our own skin
NUTRITION and making the body tissues ....
IF ANYONE HAS SUGGESTIONS OF MISSING SOLUTIONS TO "GROUNDING" PLEASE LEAVE IN COMMENTS AND I WILL UPDATE! ALSO, OVER TIME ALL CAPITALIZED WORDS WILL BE CLICKABLE TO AN ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRY ON THAT TOPIC.
In any given case scenario we will need to discern and use our intuition which sorts of exercises to get people going on, when 'grounding' is part of the issue.
It is important to always bear in mind as well that some strategies are more 'long term' and others are more likely to give rapid benefits to people. For example nutritional changes can be highly destabilizing and 'ungrounding' as the body adjusts to new inputs and chemical routines. But in the long run the overall effect will be 'grounding' as the person becomes literally happier within their skin.
There can be risks, however, of ungrounding people if we are not careful in how we propose changes of diet and how we present wellness information in general. This operates in multiple directions.
example of dietary ideologies
For example, if someone has become heavily invested in the 'plant based' lifestyle and embedded in the 'plant-based community' or even working within that community, it could be 'ungrounding' for them in the short run to learn that they need to reintroduce animal products for the sake of their health. But in the long run, it will be more grounding for them to understand that there are times when animal products are definitely indicated for wellness improvement - if they continue to invest in dogmatic ideologies then they will inevitably become isolated socially over time.
On the other hand, if someone is a factory pig farmer and they need to be told that factory farmed animal products are highly detrimental to the health of the consumer (as well as the animals of course), then this information could be 'ungrounding.' But again, in the long run it will be better to get the truth out there.
So in every case it is a matter of intuitively guiding people and protecting them for half baked ideas and temptations while at the same time allowing them sufficient breathing room and autonomy. Not an easy balance but neither is life on earth!
example of posture and seats
another case of complexity occurs when we consider the matter of posture. now we know that prolonged seating in lazy boy type seats and car seats and other situations where the thighs wind up 'perched' at an upwards angle forward from the above the level of the ischial tuberosities (lower pelvis). In other words, people sitting with their legs crossed on a chair (often women have been socialized into this pattern) or people slouching in a lazy-boy (often men are convinced that this is 'comfortable' for them).
So these people may have long term habits built up of how they sit. Now we as individuals who understand human wellness will realize all of the ways in which patterns of seating such as these can be severely deleterious over time by pinching vertebral discs, embedding chronic tension in the deep back muscles and shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle, which in turn constricts the breathing and the digestion and organ functioning, not to mention knee and hip problems setting in over time. YIKES!
But if someone's house is filled with nothing but sofas and lazyboys, we would need to make a measured decision of when to 'drop the hammer' on them that they need to not sit in recliners and sofas any more if at all possible for the sake of their health.
On the one hand, certainly having healthy organs and a healthy back and no headaches or insane shoulder tension is all positive and grounding .. so it's not good to just ignore the fact that people are damaging themselves so severely just by virtue of the kinds of seats they sit in and how they sit in them.
It sucks to realize that you've spent 4000 or whatever on a sofa that is making you unhealthy, but it sucks even worse to not realize its making you unhealthy and just keep sitting in it!
example of meditation
meditation is another example of a practice that is generally said to have a 'grounding' effect as far as I have been able to perceive. but actually it can be quite destabilizing to enter the silence and develop increasingly strong intuitions about the truth of our life circumstances. This is because most everyone alive nowadays is dealing with a deep sub foundation of alienation. So it is important to remember to remind people that meditation is intended to be grounding over time, but it can be destabilizing in the short run.
One of the circumstances that i refer to is our internal reality - especially if we have been consuming weird chemical crap, whether as food additives and preservatives, or as agricultural treatments in the form of herbicides and pesticides, or in the form of long term or harsh pharmaceutical treatments .. whatever the case may be, many of us nowadays have somewhat 'toxic bodies.' This is part of the reason they need healing!
But its important to be aware of this and give people the sense that as they start to peel away the layers of denial and avoidance and then become conscious of how miserable they actually are .. its important to make them know that you're going to be there for them. This is of course a huge issue with capitalism, which encourages us to only be there for people who pay us! In a perfect world, the healers life should consist of a cypher of 40 people or so, not taken on all at once for goodness sake, so that they are at different stages in their journey. This is more or less what it would be like in a village maybe .. one healer for every forty folks.
Example of assurance of support
As we began to see in the previous paragraph, feeling and being supported are both great ways of becoming grounded. So we need to let people know that we're there for them (help them feel supported) AND we need to ACTUALLY be there for them (ensure that they in fact are supported). Again this is a major issue with capitalism insofar as it encourages people with advanced skills to NOT be there for people unless people have tons of money to pay them! So in effect, only greedy people get healing! What a travesty!
But we need to remember that being there for people over time is actually quite difficult. It's why we as wellness support providers need to be EXTREMELY grounded. Unless we are only offering 'heroic' 'one time services,' we need to ensure that we have the ability and energy to be there for people over time and that people can rely on us. So grounding is important to understand not only for the sake of those we wanna help, but also for our own sake as professionals and as human beings.
SOME GROUNDING EXERCISES (many borrowed respectfully from (www.livingwell.org.au) go check them out, and set a bookmark, great resource)