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.
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
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
Do you ever have a plan for when you are going to exercise, but when the time comes, you don’t really feel like it? It happens to me all the time. This is the meridian tapping I have used before getting on the bike or treadmill. I hope it inspires you.
Setup (while tapping on the karate chop point): Even though it is time to exercise right now, and I don’t want to, I honor and respect my thoughts about this. Even though It’s time to exercise right now, and I don’t want to, I honor and respect my feelings about this. Even though its time to exercise right how, and I don’t want to, I honor and respect myself anyway.
Side of Eye…And I don’t want to
Under the Eye…Thats ok
Under the Nose…I don’t always have to want to do something
Chin…There might be a good reason
Collarbone…And I am open to clarity
Under the Arm…This might also be an excuse
Top of Head…And I am open to clarity
Eyebrow…This might also be self-sabotage
Under the Eye…Not wanting to do something isn’t such a big deal
Under the Nose…I can choose to exercise right now anyway
Chin…I can choose to exercise later
Collarbone…I can listen to my inner guidance and decide if I will exercise or not
Under the Arm…I choose to make this decision with love and respect for my feelings
Top of Head…I choose to make this decision with love and respect for myself.
The hard part of this tapping is actually doing it. Even those it is short it is usually enough to get me back on track. Unfortunately part of the issue could be self-sabotage. In that case I can be very resistant to doing the tapping because I know it will actually work.
Give it a try and let me know how it worked for you.
Sometimes it is difficult to predict how different aspects of a problem or challenge will appear. In this video there is an update on my sugar addiction tapping and also a general tapping on food anxiety. I thought the re-post of sugar addiction tapping would be absolutely appropriate as we face the Easter basket candy. Please join in.
Have you ever eaten something you had decided you weren’t going to eat or eaten more of them than you had intended? Sadly, it happens to me more frequently than I would like. What usually happens next is the thought “I might as well eat whatever I want because I already blew it.” The tapping exercise below is a good way to help minimize the damage. These words will work for you, even if what you ate or when you ate it is slightly different. Or, you can substitute your own words.
Say this statement and rate the intensity or how true it feels to you on a 0-10 scale (10=very true). “I’m such a failure.” Now say this one and rate it “I already blew it.” Write down your numbers.
Tap on your karate chop point and use the setup statements. Even though I just ate 3 brownies, and they definitely weren’t on my food plan for this afternoon, I choose to love and accept myself anyway. Even though I ate 3 brownies while waiting for my lunch to cook, I choose to love and accept myself anyway. Even though I feel like a failure since I ate those brownies, I choose to love and accept myself anyway.
Side of Eye…I can’t believe it
Under the Eye…I had been doing so well
Nose…This seems like a huge setback
Chin…Its not like I was really hungry
Collarbone…I am actually cooking lunch right now
Under the Arm…I’m nervous that it won’t be good
Top of Head…I’ve made two dishes that I’ve never made before
Eyebrow…That always makes me anxious
Side of Eye…But I’m also excited to see what happens
Under the Eye…I know that I often eat when I am nervous
Nose…But I’ve already blown my food plan
Chin…So I might as well eat whatever I want
Collarbone…There’s no point in controlling my food now
Under the Arm…I’ve already pointed the finger of guilt my way
Top of Head…I’m already wallowing in blame
Eyebrow…So I might as well eat.
Side of Eye…I already blew it
Under the Eye…I already ate something that is on my forbidden list
Nose…I ate way too much of it too
Chin…I might as well go ahead and eat whatever I want
Collarbone…That’s what quitters to
Under the Arm…I’m a guilty and shameful quitter
Top of Head…Ouch! That hurts!
Eyebrow…Sometimes I do give up
Side of Eye…Sometimes I don’t
Under the Eye…I don’t have to give up just because I made a mistake
Nose…I have options
Chin…I have choices
Collarbone…I already blew it might not be totally accurate
Under the Arm…I wouldn’t tell anyone else to give up just because of a simple error
Top of Head…I’m not going to tell myself that right now either
Eyebrow…I can start back on my food plan whenever I choose
Side of Eye…Including now
Under the Eye…This is just a setback
Nose…I can get back on track right now
Chin…In fact,, I am back on track right now
Collarbone…And I can stay back on track if I choose to
Under the Arm…I’ve been back on track for several minutes now
Top of Head…I am feeling better already.
Take a deep breath and let it out gently. Say your original statements again and rate them. Notice any shift you may have made. If the intensity is still higher than a 3 or 4, keep tapping with the above examples or better yet, use your own words. For many people there will be a shift to a slightly different thought, feeling or belief. Feel free to continue tapping on the new thought or write it down for later work.
Yes, but…Those words can derail us in so many ways. This applies whether the words are said to us or whether they are part of the little voice in our own head. These words can hold us back from going for our goals. Tapping can make a difference and neutralize the yes, buts….from the past, present, and future.
Limiting beliefs are those thoughts, sometimes conscious, sometimes not, that keep us from doing the things we need to do to reach our goals. For example, when I was growing up I wanted to be an astronaut. That was at the beginning of the manned space program and whenever I would mention that I wanted to be an astronaut I would hear someone say – girls can’t be astronauts. That is a limiting belief. It kept me from trying to become an astronaut.
Not all limiting beliefs come directly from an outside source. There was a time when I also wanted to become a doctor. I knew that I had to take physics and calculus in order to go to medical school. I didn’t believe that I could do well in those subjects in spite of the fact I was a straight A student. There was no logical reason to assume I couldn’t pass those classes but my belief that I couldn’t kept me from actually trying.
History is full of limiting beliefs. The world is flat. That belief kept people close to home so that they didn’t fall off the edge. A limiting belief is anything that keeps you stuck right where you are.
The good news — they are just beliefs, not facts. We can challenge our limiting beliefs. Tapping is a great way to do that. Believing that I can’t pass physics is a belief. Deciding that I don’t want to put in the work that physics would require is a choice. Being in a position of choice is “where it’s at” if you ask me.