1. a heavy object attached to a rope or chain and used to moor a vessel to the sea bottom
1. provide with a firm base or foundation
Just like a boat drops anchor to keep from drifting in wind or current, we too need an anchor to keep us moored. Without one, it’s easy to feel scattered, without focus, harried, stressed and too easily pulled in different directions. With one, especially one that feels good, it sets an underlying tone for a more calm, productive, focused, and satisfying day ahead. Try it now!
Close your eyes. Take one full, deep breath in and out through your nose. Your anchor can be that simple. One conscious breath is a good place to start.
There are two really important things to think about when you find your anchor(s). It (or they) need to be something that no matter where you are, how you feel, what the weather’s like, etc., your anchor is there for you. For instance, if walking the dog is your anchor, that’s amazing. But if it’s raining, there goes your anchor. So don’t pick something that’s determined by any factor outside your control.
And by far the most influential anchor setting the tone for the day ahead is morning meditation.
This time of year I naturally get up earlier and begin my meditation far before anyone in the house wakes up. This is my sacred time not even the dog gets to disturb. You pick your time. My advice is don’t leave your anchor for the end of the day so that the millions of things you're tasked with get in your way, and suddenly the day is over and you’re drained and spent. Morning is best, even if you’re not a morning person.
The idea behind your anchor is to make it so easy and so NECESSARY that you can’t NOT do it. Don’t stress about finding one. Let it be natural and easy. If you’ve been thinking about starting a meditation practice but you don’t even know where or how to begin, here are several guided meditations to choose from. Meditation, no matter how brief, is a beautiful anchor.
P.S. Have you noticed that my logo has an anchor?! Pretty cool, huh?!