"Safe Bases":  The Next Step


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When you've gotten good at creating "safe bases" during the day, you can take the next step.  Choose a comfortable hotel or other accommodations reasonably close to home.  Create a “safe base” there and stay overnight with a loved one or – even better – by yourself.  Staying overnight by yourself is profoundly important – it demonstrates your complete freedom from your former condition of agoraphobia.  

Make your overnight stay at your “safe base” as fun and comfortable as possible.  Think of some special things that you don't often do for yourself, and plan to do some of them.  If you like to meditate, luxuriate in all the quiet time you want for meditation.  Bring a favorite DVD, a favorite book and/or some special music.  The goal is to stay overnight at your new "safe base" by yourself, feeling as comfortable and safe as you do at home.

When I was healing, I created a “safe base” at a hotel that was about half an hour from home.  I spent several days at the hotel, and got to feel completely at home there.  Then, something amazing happened.  When I was driving back to my apartment, I wasn't sure if I was driving to home or away from home, because I felt safe in both places!  This confused the heck out of the agoraphobia.  By creating a “safe base,” I had dramatically changed the old pattern of my agoraphobia.  I was beginning to discover that I could truly be at home anywhere.

Through creating "safe bases," you start to discover that there are more and more places where you can feel as safe as you do at home, and that you can create this feeling of safety all by yourself.  In time, you can develop the ability to create a “safe base” anytime, anywhere.


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