Grounded Wisdom – The Art of Not Knowing

These Strange Times

Covid, Black Lives Matter, collapsing economies, pandemic, uncertainty, social distancing, threat, loss, stress.  There is certainly a lot of change going on all around us and I am hearing lots of people either talking about feeling angry, anxious, scared and sad at how things feel at this time.

Joanna Macy talks about three stories: ‘business as usual’, ‘the great unravelling’ (where things fall apart and there is chaos and disorder) and finally ‘the great turning’ where we start to live life more sustainably, for all humans and all of our planet.  I can see all three playing out at this time and so wanted to share with you what has been helping me live with this uncertainty.

The process builds your own mental health and resilience whilst also deepening your connection with the wisdom of your body and the natural world.


A brief introduction to this 7 step process

A longer introduction for those of you who want to know more.

I mention the following people in the video above:

Linda Kohanov

Joanna Macy who is on many podcasts and has so many resources.

Gabor Mate

The 7 steps

You can do this in a way that suits you.  You might want to watch all of the videos, make a brief list of what to do and then do them all the steps one after the other.  Or, take one step at a time and spend on day on each across a week and then again the next week.  Or spend a week on each step.  It’s up to you.   Maybe keep a journal of what comes up for you?

Step 1 – Find a place to be

Find a place in nature and be there. Just be there. Let thoughts come and go. – BEING

Mary Oliver- The Summer’s day

Step 2 – come into your senses

Come into your senses of the place and body sensations/awareness while you are there.  Experience the tree/ plant sensually – BEING

Mary Oliver – Wild Geese

Step 3 – your emotions

Notice your emotions there, breathe awareness. Tell your part of nature how you feel – BEING

Rumi – The Guest House

Step 4 – naming, learning

Learn about it. Name, what does it like? History? Mythology? Herbal properties? Where does it come from?  When does it bud, flower etc  – DO/THINK/ IDENTITY

Step 5 – it cares for you

How does it care for you? Add to your life? What can it teach you? – DO / THINK/ IDENTITY

Step 6 – you are for it

How can you care for it? Practically?  This one specifically? Others like it locally? Further afield? What behaviours do you need to cut back or grow to help it flourish –  Action orientated DO/ THINK/ IDENTITY

Step 7 – gratitude

Gratitude for it, for you for your connection with it..share the steps with other people –  INTEGRATION

Mary Oliver – The Journey

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