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In this second installment in the Grounding series we will take a look at what happens if you are not grounded. If you missed the first part you can catch up here.
Grounding is vitally important in our health and well-being for helping to provide us with stability that can be meausred on physical, emotional/mental and spiritual levels. It helps to keep our minds from getting carried away by the disturbances or challenges around us and helps to give us a greater degree of inner clam and ability to cope. But what happens to us if we don't have this vital quality?
One of the most fundamental aspects of grounding for me has been standing still.
Our lives can be so hectic and so often revolving around motion, around doing things, that we very often don't feel like we have a moment to stop. If we do, that moment usually comes at the end of the day when we flop on the sofa and soak up a distorted world though the media. We literally don't stand still and allow our minds any peace for a moment until we are too tired to do anything but numbly continue with our doing through the watching of the nightly programmes or surfing the internet.
Grounding is a topic that I go on about a lot with my clients. It is something that I don't believe is taught enough or recognised for its importance. Grounding is and has to be the basis of all good healing work. Just as no plant life begins it movement towards the sun without first sending down an anchor in to the earth to stabilise its growth. So no path of wellness should begin without a good foundation. And if that foundation is lost then we can expect the resulting instability to cause problems for us.
This is a basic review of the ideas presented by Wilber in the introduction to his Integral Spirituality.