Do you make things harder than they have to be? I know that I sometimes do. There have been many occasions when I’ve struggled through a task, and on completion been amazed (and distressed) when I realize that it could have been much simpler or easier than I made it. Perhaps it is prior programming that taught me that things worth having require work, or maybe it is the number of past experiences when change was truly difficult. I suspect that I have just been getting in my own way much of the time. This tapping video is about letting things be easier whenever that is possible and at least not making them needlessly difficult.
I don’t think I’m alone on this. Sometimes it looks like everyone else’s life looks like it is going much better than my own. I catch my self thinking “I’d rather be them” instead of embracing being me. If this is ever true for you, tap along.
Setup (while tapping the karate chop point): Even though I often think that I’d rather be them instead of me, I am open to learning to accept being me. Even though I often long to be someone other than who I am, I am eager to learn to love and accept myself more completely. Even though being someone else seems to be quite alluring at times, there is another part of me that likes who I am. I am open to getting more in touch with that part of myself on a regular basis.
Side of Eye…This is another manifestation of the grass is always greener
Under the Eye…Even though I know the fallacy of that type of thinking it still creeps into my consciousness
Under Nose…When I want to be someone else I’m really rejecting me
Chin…How can I expect other people to accept me when I don’t accept myself?
Collarbone…When I want to be someone else it sometimes means that I just want to hide from my own problems and challenges
Under the Arm…Other times it means that I’m buying into the myth that other people don’t have the problems I have
Top of Head…While I know that is false, it is easy to fall into the trap since I don’t see their problems
Eyebrow…I only feel my own
Side of Eye…When all of my longing to be someone else or live someone else’s life is over
Under Eye…I’m still left with whatever it is that I need to deal with
Under the Nose…The energy of wishing and longing for someone else’s life is wasted
Chin…It would be better spent trying to be the best me I know how to be
Collarbone…That’s the advice I always give to others
Under the Arm…Be the best you that you know how to be
Top of Head…In every second, minute, hour, and day
Eyebrow…That’s the message I often need to hear too
Side of Eye…Be the best me
Under the Eye…During the good times and during the bad times
Under the Nose… Not trying to be perfect
Chin…I don’t really want to be someone else
Collarbone…But sometimes I’m materialistic and just want the things they have
Under the Arm…I don’t want to be them
Top of Head…I want to learn to be the best me I can possible be. Because I am enough.
I often find it hard to know when it is time to take action versus time to wait. When exactly is the right time? This tapping video was inspired by portions of the Tao Te Ching, Verse 8.
When acting, remember – timing is everything
One who lives in accordance with nature
does not go against the way of things
He moves in harmony with the present moment
always knowing the truth of just what to do.
The tapping exercise below is from Don’t Diet: Reprogram Your Weight With Meridian Tapping. Cravings are something that I continue to struggle with. It seems to be a problem for many people I know.
Setup (while tapping on the karate chop point) – Even though it seems like my cravings always win, I deeply and completely love and accept myself anyway. Even though is seems like my cravings always win, I choose to continue to try. My cravings are a part of me, and I accept myself.
Side of Eye…So it doesn’t seem worth it to even try
Under the Eye…I might as well just go ahead and eat it
Nose…If I fight it and then lose, I just end up feeling worse
Chin…Even though it seems that my cravings always win
Collarbone…I know that it isn’t really true
Under the Arm…Sometimes I am able to resist
Top of Head…I am open to learning about what makes me more successful during those times
Eyebrow…And less successful at others
Side of Eye…My cravings don’t always win
Under the Eye…My cravings sometimes win
Nose…In reality my cravings aren’t against me
Chin…They are a part of me
Collarbone…My cravings are a signal that something needs my attention
Under the Arm…I can choose to deal with it without food
Top of Head…I can choose to continue toward my goals
Eyebrow…It would be helpful to stop seeing this as a battle
Side of Eye…Its not a battle with winners and losers
Under the Eye…I am open to knowing what it is that needs my attention
Nose…I choose to treat myself with more compassion when I’m faced with cravings
Chin…So that I have the energy to address whatever it is that is behind this feeling
Collarbone…That’s it. Cravings are just another feeling
Under the Arm…A feeling in disguise
Top of Head…And I am open to feeling it.
Vegetable chips are good for you, right? Well they were probably better for me than potato chips. I still ate too many of them and I ate them too late at night to be good for me. I didn’t feel very good about that so I decided to tap. Here is what I came up with. If you have suggestions for improvement, let me know.
Setup (while tapping karate chop point). Tonight my problem was potato chips. At least they weren’t regular potato chips. These were fancy vegetable chips. While I’d like to feel better about that, the truth is that I ate too much. Too many calories. Too late at night. I wish I had more control over my snacking. And tonight my problem was potato chips. In spite of this, I choose to love and accept myself anyway. Even though I ate more than I think is good for me, I choose to honor and accept myself. Even though my eating feels like it was out of control, I deeply and complete love, respect, and accept myself.
Side of Eye…I didn’t measure them
Under the Eye…I ate too many of them
Nose…That makes me feel bad
Chin…Physically and mentally
Collarbone…I wish I had more control over my eating
Under the Arm…Really, I wish I didn’t need to control my eating at all
Top of Head…I’d like to eat whatever I want, whenever I want it
Eyebrow…But that isn’t the reality of my body and my metabolism
Side of Eye…I am open to understanding more about why I continue to overeat
Under the Eye…I am open to learning to tap before eating any snack foods
Nose…I’d rather deal with whatever I’m trying to “feed”
Chin…Instead of hurting my body
Collarbone…I can change this pattern one bite at a time
Under the Arm…I have the tools
Top of Head…Now I just need to use them
Meditation is good for me. I think most people would admit to that. I am personally guilty of letting anything and everything interfere with my plan to meditate. That is true whether I am planning to meditate for 5 minutes or for an hour. Fighting against the resistance has been futile. Tapping about the resistance has been beneficial.
Say these words while tapping on the karate chop point: Even though I am resistant to meditation, I deeply and completely love and accept myself anyway. Even though I am resistant to meditation, I love and accept myself, including my resistance. Even though I am resistant to meditating, I deeply and completely love all of me.
Side of Eye…I’ve done it before
Under the Eye…And in my head I can acknowledge the benefit
Under the Nose…So it is somewhat confusing to me that I am so resistant
Chin…Even when I put it on my to-do list, I don’t
Collarbone…Some forms of meditation have been pretty difficult for me
Under the Arm… But other practices have been successful
Top of Head…I guess I’m not completely convinced
Eyebrow…That the benefit justifies the time
Side of Eye…That can’t be true
Under the Eye…I waste lots of time
Nose…On the computer
Collarbone…On Social Media
Under the Arm…And that time could be spent in meditation
Top of Head…Time spent meditating
Eyebrow…Has to be more beneficial
Side of Eye…Than playing games on my phone
Nose…So that leaves me wondering what the real issue is
Chin…So even though I am resisting meditating
Collarbone…I choose to remain open to the possibility
Under the Arm…That I could change my attitude about this
Top of Head…Meditating is another tool I can use
Eyebrow…To enhance my mental, physical, and spiritual health
Side of Eye…I choose to begin meditating more often
Under the Eye…Just to see where it leads
Nose…If I’m not feeling the benefit
Chin…I give myself permission to use my time in another way
Collarbone…I also choose to experiment
Under the Arm…With a variety of meditation methods
Top of Head…I could consider it an experiment
Eyebrow…I could consider it play
Side of Eye…I could consider it therapy
Under the Eye…I could consider it spiritual practice
Nose…I choose to explore the role of meditation in my life
Chin…My resistance is just another piece of information
Under the Arm…It would be awesome to learn from this
Top of Head…And more fully understand this part of who I am.
Have you ever done it? I mean, have you ever eaten a whole box of cookies…..all at once? Before you say no, think about Girl Scout Cookie time and the box of Thin Mints. I’m not proud to say it, but I’ve done it…..more than once. Even if you haven’t done it, and you’ve eaten more than you actually intended to, this tapping may help.
Setup (tapping on karate chop point): Even though I just ate a whole box of cookies, I choose to look forward to the day I can control my eating better. Even though I just ate a whole box of cookies, I am open to learning more about why I did it. Even though I just ate a whole box of cookies, I choose to feel hopeful that I can do better in the future.
Eyebrow…I just ate the whole box of cookies
Under the Eye…I ate way more calories than my body needs
Nose…It was a lot of sugar
Chin…And a lot of unhealthy fats
Collarbone…The first one tasted good
Under the Arm…Actually, the second one tasted good too
Top of Head…After that I was really just chasing the rush that the first two gave me
Eyebrow…I know why I started eating them
Side of Eye…I was upset
Under the Eye…And I just wanted to feel better
Nose…The sugar worked for a while
Chin…And that taste brings back happy memories
Collarbone…And food always works
Under the Arm…For a while
Top of Head…But then I felt bad
Eyebrow…I felt bad because I did something that wasn’t healthy for me
Side of Eye…And it didn’t solve the problem
Under the Eye…For a minute or two I felt better
Nose…But then I went back to feeling upset
Chin…And guilty about the cookies
Collarbone…I choose to forgive myself for eating the cookies
Under the Arm…I choose to forgive myself for not wanting to feel upset
Top of Head…I choose to learn from this and move forward confidently
Your decision to believe what others tell you is fact or what they tell you is possible may be preventing you from going after the things you desire and can stop you from being your authentic self. Although some people might disagree, I have had a strong tendency to believe what I’m told. Fortunately, this has been less of an issue as I’ve matured. Tap along with this video to gain more clarity about your tendency to believe what you are told.