How to Anchor Inner Peace

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Take Back Your Ability to Anchor Inner Peace

Believe it or not you have been establishing anchors your entire life. An anchor is simply a stimulus that influence’s your state of mind. For example, no matter how many distractions are around my teenage daughter if her phone lights up she will stop what she is doing and look to see who is reaching out to her (respond to her phone). The stimulus is the phone buzzing, the state of mind is triggered to respond immediately. Remember Pavlov’s dogs? The bell was the neutral stimulus that when associated with food caused salivation (conditioned response) in the dog. Anchoring is simply associating a neutral stimulus with a desired state of mind.


Recently I went to Costa Rica and in the evenings I would watch spectacular sunsets. Feeling a deep sense of gratitude (emotion) and inner calm (emotion) I lightly tapped on my thymus (located three inches down below the U-shaped dip at the bottom of my neck) several times as I gave myself permission to lean into the positive emotions I wanted to anchor: sinking into what I felt like in that moment; taking in the colorful sites; listening to the sounds around me. Now that I am back in the hustle and bustle of life, I will often pause and take mini-retreats as I simply close my eyes and tap on my thymus bringing up the anchored experience of gratitude and inner calm that I felt in the sunset experiences.


Now that I am back in the midst of shiny objects and to-do lists I will often pause, breathe and tap on my thymus as a flip up the emotional state of mind associated with my sunset experiences that I anchored in Costa Rica. Explore setting an anchor this week, which is associated with a positive emotion you wish to access quickly.


The next time you feel the emotion you wish to anchor perhaps a moment of inner calm, gratitude or an overall sense of well-being, pause and allow yourself to sink into the refreshment (feel what you feel like, take in what you see and hear in that moment) and then anchor it into your sensory awareness by simply tapping or placing your finger tips on an easily accessible part of your body which is not likely to be accidentally touched unless you initiate it (your thymus; inside of your arm below your elbow or inner wrist).


Anchors can be set utilizing your visual; auditory or kinesthetic sensory acuity.


The quickest way you have available to you to remember what you want to remember are images and emotions. Long term memory is created through an emotional charge associated with it. Think about this for a moment, life happens and will continue to happen I assure you as long as you are wearing this earth-suit. It is truly objective until you evoke a specific emotional response to it.

You are making thousands of associations every day with incoming bits of information. Those bits of information that have an emotional charge attached to them are stored in memory. If they happen to be connected to a negative emotion this gives birth to rumination that does not serve the inner peace inside your castle. If they happen to be connected to a positive emotion then it’s party time inside the castle. You are the gate-keeper of your thoughts and your choice of response to the thousands of bits of information coming your way at lightening speed.

A very powerful practice to increase your ability to remember what you want is simple: slow down. Expand the gap between what is happening outside of you and your choice of response to it. This is the gap of empowerment in that this space offers you the opportunity to choose the label you place on that particular experience. Our goal of course is to choose labels that support those emotions which fuel perspectives of well-being and confidence.

A simple reality when it comes to memory lies in the brains ability to connect an emotion with a picture. This is how you process life. When you are conscious of this process you can create the response that aligns with the person you are committed to being which of course involves remembering what you want to remember and releasing those things that don’t align with your highest good and the good of all concerned.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we resurrected our God given ability to think about what is good; right; true; beautiful; excellent and praise worthy 24/7?
When you have your to-do list pause and create a picture with each task. Once you have created the picture for what you want to remember, imagine what you look like and feel like doing that which you want to remember. For example if you want to remember to call someone, pause and imagine making the call and the emotions you feel making the call. This only takes a minute of your time and will make the link between the emotion and the image.  The more you implement this practice to boost your memory the easier it becomes. You are making images and pictures all day long, pause and use this ability to work in your favor and boost your memory.


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