Find Your Heart

  • Research demonstrates how stress becomes stored in the body. Learning how to acknowledge bodily sensations and release emotional energy helps alleviate distressful bodily impact.
  • When you are grounded, your energy resides low and deep in your body, giving you a feeling of openess or relaxation.
  • When you are stressed or anxious, your energy rises up in your chest. You may feel uptight or flighty. Think about receiving bad news. Your energy leaps up in your chest.
  • Your body already knows how to help you stay grounded. When bad news strikes, you unconsciously grab your chest to secure yourself. The Anchoring Heart Technique simply applies this innate body wisdom – applying it consciously.

Anchoring Heart

This simple 3-step self-help tool connects you to THE brave space within yourself

step 1

Place one hand or both hands firmly and tenderly over your heart. Breathe deeply.

step 2

Feel whatever you are experiencing, even if it’s just for a few seconds.

step 3

Take a moment to sense your BE-ing, that strong place inside you that has been carrying your distress.

The Anchoring Heart Technique...

Is an act of self-compassion that creates a safe inner space.

Opens connections to inner strength, courage, and grace.

Re-trains your brain to remain peaceful, not fearful, when hurt and stress abound.

Anchoring Heart Stories

Marie Bainbridge

Marie Bainbridge, a Vietnam Veteran Bronze-star recipient, uses the Anchoring Heart Technique when her PTSD is triggered. However, she says she also uses it in many ordinary situations: "I can be impatient in traffic. If I'm in a store and someone is blocking the aisle so no one can get around them, I want to huff and puff and complain about their self-centeredness. Now, I use the Anchoring Heart Technique to cultivate patience, courtesy, and self-control. It really helps."

Ralph Ozmun

Ralph Ozmun was the Volunteer Coordinator at Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice. After learning about the Anchoring Heart Technique at a Soul Injury conference, he went back to his agency and provided an inservice on the topic. Below is what he writes about what happened following the inservice: