Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 42

Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s A ppr oac h to C ulti vat ing Pe rs on al, S o ci al and E n vir on me n tal F lo u r i shing sensations. If this occurs, we can shift to a place in the body gets dysregulated while grounding, then we can body that feels more pleasant or neutral. Then, we can use our resource as a tool to return to the resilient zone. either go back to our resource or choose another resource It’s helpful to recognize that we engage in grounding to think about. Like all CIT skills, tracking and resourcing practices naturally. For example, we may have a necklace, must be practiced and learned over time. Therefore, bracelet or other object that we instinctively touch or persistence is key. hold and that makes us feel more secure when we do so. It is also very helpful to learn tracking and resourcing with We may cross our arms, or sit in a particular way. There a partner. One of you will serve as the guide, and the other may be objects that we like to keep with us because will engage in the resourcing and tracking. The guide can they make us feel more secure. When we consciously ask the practitioner to think of a resource, describe it and engage in grounding and combine it with tracking, we then notice the sensations that arise in the body. When are strengthening our ability to regulate our nervous facilitating with groups, one can ask each participant to draw system consciously. Like any skill, it then develops their resource and then notice the sensations that arise for through practice, and we become better and better at it. them when they share their resource drawing with others. The advantage is that as our expertise grows, we can regulate our nervous system more quickly before we move into the high zone or low zone; or if we do find Grounding ourselves in one of these zones, we can move back into the Another skill to help regulate the nervous system is resilient zone more quickly. This results in a healthier body grounding. Grounding is the practice of noticing the and in better decision making. direct contact of one’s body with an object (including The skills involved in Calming Body and Mind are useful another part of the body) in order to bring oneself back in and of themselves in helping us to increase our overall to the present moment. When the nervous system is well-being. They are also very useful as a preparation for dysregulated, it can be helpful to notice a part of the the further practices in CIT. This is because dysregulation body that feels grounding or that feels supported. For of our nervous system has the potential to bypass or example, if you are sitting in a chair and your feet feel short-circuit all other considerations. If we are stuck firm and supported on the ground, you can notice this in the high zone, and therefore extremely agitated, we sensation and sit with this for a few moments. As you sense into this part of the body that feels grounded, you may notice yourself relaxing and feeling more stable. This is another way of returning to or staying in the resilient zone. will be very limited in our ability to use discernment, understand our own and others’ emotional states and make good decisions, and it will be hard for us to act with compassionate integrity for the benefit of ourselves and others. If we do learn to regulate our Grounding is extremely helpful when someone feels bodies, however, and then build on this to develop anxious, “out of body,” or when the person is having the other skills of CIT, then we are using the natural a difficult time sensing into the body. It is helpful to resilience of our bodies to practice self-care in a practice resourcing before grounding, because if the profound and meaningful way. Ce n t e r for Compa s sion , I nteg r i t y and S e cu l ar E t hics | L ife Uni ve rsi t y | M ar ie t ta, G e or g i a - 36 -