We have entered a season of baked goods. Christmas cookies, candies, cakes, and nut breads will be everywhere. I swear to you that the Christmas cookies call my name. The tapping exercise below was one of my favorites from Don’t Diet and it seems appropriate as we approach this food-laden holiday season.
Setup (tapping the karate chop point): Those Christmas cookies are calling my name. “Eat me!” I’m sure you must hear them. I’m feeling powerless to resist and that bothers me somewhat. On the other hand, there is a part of me that hopes I will give in. That conflict between giving in and resisting takes an awful lot of energy. Even though I feel like the cookies are calling me, I choose to remember that I have options. Even though a part of me wants to give in, I choose to remember my long-term plans. Even though part of me wants to resist, I choose to remember that one cookie wouldn’t be such a bad thing. I have choices. I have power. I love and accept myself, no matter which choice I make.
Side of Eye…I really want one, or two, or twelve
Under the Eye…That is the problem
Under the Nose…I’m not sure I can stop at just one
Chin…And if I give in to one
Collarbone…I’m likely to eat the whole batch
Under the Arm…One cookie would make me feel good
Top of Head…Several would make me feel sick
Eyebrow…And a whole batch would make me feel like a failure
Side of Eye…Cookies don’t really talk
Under the Eye…They aren’t calling me
Under the Nose…I am choosing to focus on the fact that they exist
Collarbone…I could get busy with something else
Under the Arm…They will still be there later
Top of Head…It’s not a choice I have to make right now
Eyebrow…It might be interesting to see if I still hear them after a warm bath
Side of Eye…Do I still hear them after a good workout?
Under the Eye…Are they as loud if I am playing a game?
Under the Nose…Cookies can’t control me
Chin…Sounds like I’m worried that I can’t control me either
Collarbone…Either decision I make is okay
Under the Arm…I choose to love myself, with or without the cookies
Top of Head…I choose to accept myself, with or without the cookies