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.

 

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!