The final task in the book, Walking in This World, asks you to list the things that make you feel grounded. Julia Cameron says that the regular use of this tool is one of the most confirming rituals possible in a creative life and helps to put a sense of grounded celebration into our creative life. It does this because it emphasizes life itself.
The book goes on to say, "While we may "live for our work," our life is, and must be, larger than our work. By allowing the dailiness of life to step forward again, our work feels not only good, but better, when we place it within the comforting confines of our ongoing routines and relationships.
My list of things that make me feel grounded:
1. Reading a novel that I can really get into
2. Gardening...mostly weeding
4. A long, hot bath
6. Reading the Psalms
7. Driving slowly down a dirt road
8. Ironing my husband's shirts
9. Slowly washing dishes while I daydream out the window
10. A slow, long walk
It's interesting to note that most of the things on my list are done slowly and most require no thought process while doing them. What things do you do to help you feel grounded?