Relaxed Groundedness

Relaxed Groundedness

by John Prendergast, Ph.D.

Men are afraid to forget their minds, fearing to

fall through the Void with nothing to stay their fall.

They do not know that the Void is not really void,

but the realm of the real dharma.



Gini bustled into my office several minutes late, flushed and a bit overwhelmed. As she sat on the sofa, catching her breath, she said, “I have got to get a grip on myself!”

“Maybe it’s not so much about getting a grip as it is about letting it go,” I suggested.

Gini was surprised by my response. She slowed down and looked at me more carefully; she was receptive and curious. As we quietly gazed for a minute or two, she relaxed and her attention clarified. Her breath slowed and her shoulders relaxed. Her eyes became calm, deep pools. Our attention dropped down from our heads into our bodies, like two passengers descending in an elevator…

Click below to read the full chapter:

Prendergast – Chapter 5(a) – In Touch

About John Prendergast

John J. Prendergast, Ph.D. is the editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology, the senior editor of two anthologies on the subject of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy – The Sacred Mirror (with Peter Fenner and Sheila Krystal) and Listening from the Heart of Silence (with Ken Bradford),  and has been a student of nondual teachings since reading the works of Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj over thirty years ago and then studying with the European sage Jean Klein from 1983 until his death in 1998 and with Adyashanti since 2001. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at CIIS and a psychotherapist in private practice in San Rafael. He also leads several private self-inquiry groups. Please see for more information.

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