Sound of Paper: 10 activities I find grounding

This is part of my work in the Julia Cameron Artist’s Way series. The work this time is from the book the Sound of Paper. The responses are self-examinations and assessments based on work through a daily series of exercises. While I do keep some material offline as it can be very personal and jarring, I often opt to be fairly open about my experiences, both positive and negative.

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I’ve done this exercise more than once already, but it’s still good to review.

  1. Clearing the dishwasher.
  2. Doing a station declutter – just picking one area, a corner of a room, and decluttering JUST that.
  3. Making paper.
  4. Baking.
  5. Meditating (about half the time. The other half it’s the opposite of grounding.)
  6. Eating a communal meal, usually with Mike. Actually, how grounding it is depends on my dinner companion. I always prefer the grounding sessions to the aggressively intellectual ones. Those are the people that spend time with me for me, not for what they think I can do for them.
  7. Walking.
  8. Doing push-ups, sit-ups or a short stretch. I often just push up against walls as I move from room to room during my workday.
  9. Ticking check boxes on to-do lists. It’s affirming, and gives me a sense of purpose.
  10. Doing my beauty routine – the one I’ve been skipping a lot, to the detriment of my often chlorine-dipped skin.