"It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole." ~Rupi Kaur
“Flying starts from the ground. The more grounded you are, the higher you fly.”~ J.R. Rim
And so, the special 5 part series with the ever-talented, insightful, and generous Nita Baum concludes here. We go out on a high note, while feeling very grounded in the earth. This conversation in my humble opinion carries groundedness within its essence. Nita and I found such a nice flow in our conversations and used our own shared community/friendship (a key part of groundedness as we discover) as the basis for this 5 part series. In this conversation, I express the value I hold for her friendship and how much it has meant to me.
We go deep into the interconnectictivity between healthy practices, fear, self-acceptance, community, and vulnerability. We touch on the following topics:
- Nita gets us started with a lovely experiential grounding practice
- Why might everybody be meditating in a century and what does that have to do with dentists?
- The right and importance of each person discovering and integrating healthy practices for themselves
- How the healthcare system in the US has its strengths but is also largely reactive
- How we learn how to systematically dismantle and gain power over fear
- Accessibility and simplicity of practices which support our well-being and growth
- Connection of groundedness to community, home, family, connection, relationship
- The challenge and universality of feeling separated, isolated, different than, otherness
- How community opens our eyes to the richness of our shared experience and humanness
- Personal story about how the community I share with Nita as a friend helped me to overcome the feeling of cognitive dissonance and challenge for stepping out onto a road less traveled
- Roots of other are in our fear, uncertainty, vulnerability, highlights the power of turning towards that fear—our kinship in realizing shared experience of fear
- What do you turn to when you feel afraid? What grounds you?
- Reference to M Scott Peck’s 4 stage sequence for community building
- Intimate relation with being truthful, protecting against the feeling of being not good enough and pretending we’re not dealing with that on some level
- Practice, fear, self-acceptance, community, vulnerability and all comes together in groundedness
As always, thanks for listening and all the best.