On being grounded in place

Two delightful conversations this week reminded me of the importance of being grounded.

Grounded as in being earthed.

This grounding reminds us that we have bodies, not just heads. And that our time in the digital domain needs to be counterbalanced if we are to remain healthy and whole.

Not grounded, as in being trapped or restrained.

This is about our freedom to flourish by being more human. Growing into all that we can be at this moment in time.

It is a physical space with boundaries and contours that can be explored and known—a place where we feel at home.

Home, where we belong and where we are nourished. Where we feel safe enough to be ourselves.

And where our souls can breathe and be watered.

Knowing our place is a profound privilege. It doesn’t happen automatically; sometimes, we go through the desert to find this place. And even then, it may not be static. We are not trapped.

But when we have settled on where and how we are grounded, we can join with Thomas Merton in his admonition to be present in this time and place:

Humans have a responsibility to their own time, not as if they could seem to stand outside it and donate various spiritual and material benefits to it from a position of compassionate distance. Humans have a responsibility to find themselves where they are, in their own proper time and place, in the history to which they belong and to which they must inevitably contribute either their response or their evasions, either truth and act, or mere slogan and gesture.

+ Thomas Merton, quoted in Margaret J Wheatley, Perseverance, 2010

I am grateful that my place is here in this little valley in South West Wales, and I am part of a community where I can belong. Daily it is my place of inspiration and learning.

How about you?

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿