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Daily Self Regulation ART

pause. breathe. check in. finding our centre again

#veryhumanregulation #selfregulation #selfregulationskills

grief ink pen on paper

Today I grieve

The loss of a loved one

An interruption to my finely tuned “going on with normal life”

Life is gawking at me and whispering see? I am short. Let me live.

I glare back and say:

not today. Today you just need to stop for a while

While I honour the life that was with the ache that is

And then I look up and smile apologetically:

I’m sorry I’m angry. I’m just ….

I just need today and then possibly bits of tomorrow and the next day too and who knows beyond that?

But I promise I’ll try again tomorrow, ok?

You can live again tomorrow

And life responds:

I am alive right now. In this very moment when you felt me fully. I am alive. Thank you for living all of me.

And I begin to cry

drawing by Lori

writing by Kendall


So here we are sharing our daily practice of PAUSE. BREATHE. CHECK IN. Clearing the clutter and finding me, myself and I in the present moment. And we invite you to follow along and let's keep each other on track? Or try to at least, some days are still pretty bumpy. Sigh

Join onto the main page of Ground Control to Major Whoa explore how to join this journey: LINK HERE

How We Go About It

We go outside (fresh air) and pay attention to nature and details in the world around us (focusing tool). Each day we select one item or snap a photo with our phone and bring it home. We select the medium that most matches our mood or that we feel will be the most regulating in that moment and we set to work drawing (calming our nervous system and bringing ourselves back on line through hyper focusing)

We set an alarm for 20 minutes (our containment) but you figure out what works best for you. Sometimes a quick 5 will do; other times it feels like we need half a day, doesn't it? We do often repeat this exercise several times through the day when it's a real doozy of a day. Smile

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