We all need to be grounded in the face of the new national security law
The new national security law tailor-made for Hong Kong took effect on 30 June with the full text of the law being released on the same day. Many Hongkongers worried that this will have significant impact on the autonomy and the legal system of Hong Kong. Increased anxiety and helplessness in the face of radical uncertainty of this city causes a lot of people to lose their anchor in life. Many people know that they need to revise their plans but feel lost as their calmness and stillness disappear. How can we regenerate our calmness and stillness so that we can see with more clarity and make more rational plans in the face of this sudden change in our city?
If we want to face the radical uncertainty in this city with composure, we need to have a mind with clarity. Be calm and still are the prerequisites for perception with clarity. We need to practice groundedness so that we can have an anchor to base on for seeing things with a clear mind. If we are grounded, we will be clam and still. We will also be detached from self-preoccupation, so that our perception will be less likely to be contaminated by our preconceptions.
Groundedness involves developing awareness of our body and its contact with the physical world, especially the ground we are sitting or standing. When we are grounded, we are less likely to be affected by our heightened emotions. We can hold back our immediate reactions related to our heightened emotions with calmness and have more options for responding to the situations.
We will also have increase awareness of our bodily sensations when we practice groundedness. This can help us to be more in tune with our emotions in difficult situations and in interactions with others. If we have better emotional self-awareness, we will be able to use our emotional information to make better decisions and deal with our challenges or interpersonal issues.
When we practice grounding, we can sit or stand in a comfortable position on a chair or on the floor. If we are sitting, we support our back with the chair and firmly place our two feet on the floor. If we are standing, we place our both feet firmly on the floor with equal weight between them. During sitting or standing, we bring our awareness on the bodily sensations of sitting on the chair or standing on the floor. We concentrate on the contact between our body and the chair or the ground. We may bring our awareness to the nature of the contact, the solidity or the lightness of the touch, or the texture of the chair or the ground. In this way, we feel that we are supported by the chair and the ground. We gradually feel more solid and calmer.
There are many different ways to practice groundedness, such as use of breath or use of imagery. No matter which way we choose, practice is important for the development of calmness and stillness through grounding. Let us learn to be calm and still to face this radical uncertain situation, so that we have the courage to deal with all the unexpected difficulties and challenges ahead.