How Bundling Baggage Heals the Past

One of the first tapping techniques I learned years ago was called the Personal Peace Process. It involved making a list of all of the events, relationships and circumstances from the past that you want to heal.  Then tapping on one item each day, until you have reduced the intensity on it all. Ahhhhh… And then I learned a much quicker and more effective way to heal and release the past called Bundling Baggage. We’ll practice this in class together this week and you can practice this on your own as well. 1.  Choose the topic for your tapping session – an illness, a relationship, an event, such as an accident or a big disappointment.  You might even choose your childhood or past relationship for … continue reading

Self-Care for Caregivers

IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE No one wants to ignore their loved ones when they need support and it’s simply not healthy or practical to completely ignore our own needs either. This week I worked with three different clients who are caregivers. One taking care of a spouse, another helping with her 90+ year old mother-in-law and another young person taking care of her grandmother. All of us will be called on, at one time or another, to be a caregiver for a loved one.  This can be one of the most challenging responsibilities we ever take on.  I don’t have children, however I imagine that caring for your own children is different, although filled with it’s own challenges, than caring for a parent or spouse. … continue reading

Forgiveness & Letting Go of the Past

We are all affected by the world around us, as well as our own thoughts and beliefs.  Sometimes the world feels like a scary place and we are not sure how to respond or maintain our balance. This week I want to share some thoughts on forgiveness with the hope that these suggestions will help you return to your center, open to wisdom, insight and clarity and gain peace within. Ask For Guidance to Healing When centering in Meditation, you might ask to be guided to a memory from the past that will assist you in your healing.  Trust where you are guided and work with that information with tapping, journaling and in forgiveness practice. EFT tapping is very effective to help us re-imagine and … continue reading

Centering and Quieting Your Wandering Mind

I’ve had conversations with several folks recently about their challenges with quieting the mind for Meditation.  Ahhhh… Somehow we think it will be easy to center ourselves and be quiet – resting our bodies and minds.  That is not always the case, as you may have noticed. I’ve heard from several of my students that they are able to settle when we practice together in class or in a private session and not so much on their own.  There is a definite benefit to practicing with a group or with a teacher to guide you.  That is how I learned to meditate and that’s why I love to teach and practice with y’all. I thought it might be helpful to remind you of the simple … continue reading

The Simplest Way To Quiet Your Mind

  When my mind just won’t quiet down, I turn to humming or chanting to help relax, calm down and quiet the thoughts. It’s fun.  It’s comforting and healing and it works! You can simply hum for a few minutes before sitting in silence. You can chant Om. You can chant the Loving Kindness chant. You might sing your favorite song. Really, it all works. The sound and the vibration is very comforting and relaxing to the body and your mind will ease up and become quiet. Ahhhhh… When you’d like to add an additional feature to your humming, you might practice gently sending the hum down into your body. You might place one hand on your heart and one hand on your abdomen and imagine that the sound is relaxing and aligning your organs, muscles, … continue reading

Is my pain physical or emotional or both?

Is my pain physical or emotional or both? As you continue down the path of practicing Meditation and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping to support you with your health and well being, you may have already enjoyed the amazing benefits of pain relief with this practice. Thank goodness for EFT!  It’s simply magic. If you have yet to try tapping or have yet to truly integrate it into your self-care, now is the time to begin. Pain relief is one of the simplest and most effective applications for EFT. When I first learned tapping, it was for relief of really nasty chronic back pain.  I tapped every day for two weeks and the pain was gone!  Really. It’s never come back, except briefly last summer, … continue reading

A True Story of Forgiveness

A True Story of Forgiveness When I was 17, my best friend stole my boyfriend.  Yes, it’s true! I have been listening to the Tapping World Summit all week and during one session, I focused on healing a current relationship with a dear friend. When I asked, as we are encouraged to do, when I’ve felt this hurt in the past, I zoomed back in the space of awareness to being 17 years old. I was a senior in high school, having a wonderful time.  I loved school, I was dating a terrific guy – we’ll call him Mike.  My best friend – we’ll call her Jane – and I would go often to Huntington Beach and life was good. Then, suddenly I wasn’t hearing … continue reading

Bringing More Good Into Your Life

Be Thankful   Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?   Be thankful when you don’t know something. For it gives you the opportunity to learn.   Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.   Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.   Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.   Be thankful for your mistakes – they will teach you valuable lessons.   Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.   It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes … continue reading

I still feel guilty sometimes when I take time off to relax and play …

I still feel guilty sometimes when I take time off to relax and play . . .   When I launched my photography business, 30 years ago, I didn’t have a clue about work/life balance.  Never even heard the term until years later. I threw myself into the business and loved every minute of it.  Worked in my home office, marketing and doing paperwork, all week long, then went out to photograph weddings and families on the weekends. And I did that for 15 years until my body gave out and I was forced to slow down.  Ahhhh… Gradually I learned to take Fridays off and one week of vacation each year.  I still vividly remember the first time we landed in Hawaii and stepped … continue reading

Overcoming Resistance to Change by Examining Your Limiting Beliefs

    “As much pain as negative beliefs can cause, we aren’t always  taught to evaluate them.  Whether we adopted them from  our immediate environment or they were passed down to us  from our parents, they often appear disguised as facts.  As we get  older we tend to settle into beliefs and think what we believe is  just how the world is – and, more dangerously.  This is just who I am.”  Jessica Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss & Body Confidence     We all have stories we tell ourselves about who we are and how we are.      What is your story?       Do you find yourself struggling to start a new activity or continue once you’ve … continue reading