Place one hand or both hands firmly and tenderly over your heart. Breathe deeply.
Feel whatever you are experiencing, even if it’s just for a few seconds.
Take a moment to sense your BE-ing, that strong place inside you that has been carrying your distress.
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.
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 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: