What’s that song?
Tap, tap, tappin’ on heaven’s door?
Wait, that’s not right…Bob Dylan’s version is actually
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
I am not, however, talking about death here.
I am talking about life.
I am talking about de-stressing, about supporting our parasympathetic nervous system. Life. Some of the key things we take for granted when we think of Life—our digestion, our salivating, our heart beating, our liver and kidneys flushing, our tears flowing—all of these happen because our parasympathetic nervous system is operating properly behind the scenes.
Our frenetic lifestyles, whether we be actually out commuting, flying, facing lines at the grocery store, arguing on the telephone—waiting on hold with a doctor’s office…opening an unwelcome piece of mail...or if we are just thinking about them from the comfort of our homes—all of these things affect our level of stress. All of these “normal” events and activities of our days affect whether we are in a state of fight-or-flight or rest-and-digest.
When we are in rest-and-digest we are offering life to our bodies. Calm. Tranquil. Equanimity. A state of just enough stress for the organism of our body to function optimally, but not so much as to push us into a sympathetic overdrive of fighting and fleeing.
Don’t get me wrong—we do need some stress. Eustress is a fascinating phenomenon to explore—but I’ll save that for another time. Suffice it to say that eustress is “happy” stress, “satisfying” stress.
What I’m talking about in this blog is stress which stresses us out. Stress which causes the digestion to slow down, the breath to grow shallow, the heart to race.
What if I were to tell you about a really cool, super simple set of techniques which would support you in reducing your stressful-stress?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) offer just such a practice.
The other night during my weekly Facebook Live, I spoke with a colleague, Ruthi Cohen-Joyner, about EFT. She is a gifted practitioner and she agreed to share with us the wonders of this healing modality.
I liken Emotional Freedom Technique to the old game Othello—whose tag line, if I remember correctly, was “seven minutes to learn, a lifetime to master”.
We learned the rudiments of EFT Tapping during the Facebook Live and now we can go forth and use these newfound tools to soften the impact of stressful stress on our parasympathetic nervous systems.
I love it.
It involves using the fingers of one hand, or both—the choice is ours—to gently tap on various points on the torso and head. These points correspond to the meridians we hear about in Traditional Chinese Medicine—such as those used in acupuncture or acupressure.
But it is not about precision. The whole process, when I do it, is soothing. The whole process is about slowing down for mere minutes and focusing on one’s wellbeing.
Here is a link to Ruthi’s website so you can connect with her, if you like. I encourage you to try tapping yourself.
We can do a lot of good for our stress levels alone and if that is not enough—if we have something more deep-seated to explore—Ruthi is available to support us with that.
Needless to say, it is a very safe modality of healing.
During our demonstration time we were each able to reduce our experience of stress by about half. We rated our levels before and after the process. It was beautiful—and peaceful, even for me as I directed the Facebook Live event.
Speaking of stressful-stress, please consider this an invitation to join me for my upcoming free masterclass—Reclaim Your Wellness.
It is all about healing anxiety and reducing our dependence on sugar. I am planning special guests and giveaways--it's going to be fun!
The event runs the week of February 15-22, 2021. If you cannot attend the event “live”, no worries. Sign up, get the workbook and you will have access to the recordings.
Peace out, y’all.