Psychological Challenge, Day 4

On Sunday, we are going to look for a grounding object. It’s a very good idea to have a collection of little objects that remind you of a happy, tranquil moment. Here is one of mine:

I enjoyed my time in Germany last year immensely, and whenever I hold this pen from the hotel where I stayed, I can summon the feeling of being exactly who I want to be.

Once you identify your grounding objects, you can carry one with you into all situations where you are likely to feel tense, diminished, anxious, or unhappy. The moment unpleasantness begins, you discretely take out the grounding object, and transport yourself to a peaceful state of mind.

I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and I have a whole collection of these objects. Obviously, many lose their power over time but I replenish the collection. It’s always something little that gives me a good feeling when I hold it.

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3 thoughts on “Psychological Challenge, Day 4”

  1. Grounding object is a great term.

    I’ve been doing a version of this for a while. When I’ve had a moment of particularly strong clarity or insight into life/happiness/myself, I try to find an object that I can associate with that insight as a reminder. I have usually bought something for this purpose, for example, I have a ring and a pendant on a chain that I wear every day and an artwork hanging in a prominent spot in the kitchen.

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