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How to LandFinding Ground in an Unstable World$
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Ann Cooper Albright

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190873677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190873677.001.0001

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(p.107) 4 Gravity
How to Land

Ann Cooper Albright

Oxford University Press

This chapter weaves an in-depth discussion of the physical function of releasing our bodies into the support of gravity with an analysis of how that experience can serve as an important stability in our daily lives. It begins by reviewing the crucial distinction between collapsing and yielding in order to demonstrate how the same force that draws us to the ground can also sponsor our action in the world, helping us find a sense of resistance and agency. In addition, gravity can provide a useful counterbalance to the ubiquitous presence of two-dimensional screens in our lives. By allowing us to experience weight, gravity is key to our sense of grounding, linking inhalation with exhalation, sky to earth, as well as the sympathetic and parasympathetic aspects of our autonomic nervous system.

Keywords:   gravity, grounding, grace, developmental movement, resistance, agency, technology, weight, autonomic nervous system

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