Dealing with Overwhelm

Grounding exercises for when you feel un-anchored or are experiencing overwhelm, mild or strong dissociation or other challenges with staying present. This is from a website directed towards men and male experiences with mental health issues stemming from abuse or adversity. Yet, there is much relevant for any human being. (See the “no straight lines” video about maps.) Visit here when you need some reminders of grounding exercises to try – find the ones that suit you.

 

Breath-work

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A good video I can no longer find: A therapist was teaching a type of breath-work that was easy to follow. It involved a person pushing breath out strongly by pinching in their abdominal muscles. The instructions also involved acting as if one is blowing out a candle that is about arms length away. She suggested to re-seed one’s breath and reset an upset system by attempting to blow out this imaginary candle about 10 times, before your body may allow you to move into deeper, intentional breathing.

Also, this simple one. Try it:

There is also a good list of breath works at “The Utopian Life“. (I get no funds for mentioning them).

Rain and Soft Songs

In addition to the Meditations of Tara Brach I posted in April: The sounds of rain and thunder may be part of your repertoire of engaging your soul, brain and body a bit differently.  I recently came across this song by Lindsey Lou: “Simple and Sober”, from the album Southland. Consider making your own collection of links you find grounding.

Real

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust, as quoted in “A General Theory of Love”

I’m attaching two links to Tara Brach’s page. The two short meditations I reference below are intended for those beginning mind-body practice, yet I suspect could be useful to anyone so inclined.

Structure and Routine

Structure is what allows a beautiful house to stand. Routine is  simply the structure of time. Structure is the base of design, creativity and life. Why do we often consider Structure and Routine lesser? Perhaps they are the spine of freedom. Thanks to conversations that give me a pause. Using some discipline ensures we have time for the important people and projects. Knowing when to drop discipline is an art!