The Counterfear Toolbox: Anchor Points
"Anchor and Flank"
This page is about the core of "counterfear." It shows the foundation. The heart. The soul.
It is an anchor point. In wildland firefighting, this is one of the basics for both safety and firefighting. You find yourself a safe spot. You make it safer if need be. Then you work out from there - along the flank of the fire. You anchor and flank. While you're at it, you always "keep one foot in the black" - meaning that you keep one foot in an area that is safe, because it has already burned.
There's a lot of metaphor there - enough for one of my really long blog posts. The point is: it's a good principle for life, too. Find an anchor point. Make it safer. Work out from there. If it gets dangerous - you go back to the anchor point.
I'll throw in one more metaphor. During my brief stint in construction, we had to take a safety class that covered electricity. You need to make sure you have a "ground" in structural wiring, and for construction site cords. The ground wire gives any extra electricity somewhere to go so it doesn't damage anything. In a building, it literally puts that energy into the ground. I like to think that being grounded means having a safe spot, and having some safety mechanisms in place to route dangerous energy. If I get off center, I check my grounding tools; and my anchor points.
Check out the "Anchor and Flank" blog post for more on anchor points. Below are the "anchor points" for Counterfear: The Idea.
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