I was invited to teach tapping (think acupuncture minus the needles) to a cancer recovery group last week. Inspired by the courageous women I met there and their receptivity to this tool — I’ve added a tapping section with links to both my tapping videos over on my new resources page. I’ve also tucked in a written guide with step by step instructions– a free gift to support you this holiday season.
I _love_ easy DIY tools which help me feel better. In fact– if you only have five minutes, I’d encourage you to tap over doing a meditation (since it takes about five minutes for your mind to settle anyway.)
Here is the how it works. Tapping sends a calming message to the amygdala or the “smoke detector” in the brain. This almond-shaped component of the midbrain is on the lookout for threats so it can trip your fight, flight or freeze response. In a genuine life-threatening situation this response could save you.
However, here is the tricky bit. We can also trigger the amygdala and our stress response by how we are thinking. The body can’t really tell the difference between the external or internal threats: our minds are incredibly powerful generators of thoughts. (Up to 10,000 a day!)
So it is not just the tiger in the woods (or the disturbing email) or another external factor that generates stress. How we hold a situation or what we make it mean compounds our suffering. Stressful thoughts can actually trigger a whole adrenaline and cortisol rush which (especially when it happens again and again) can leave us weary in body and spirit. Once triggered the stress response also makes it harder to perceive our agency in a situation and much more likely that we will simply react rather than choose our best course of action.
So be kind to that sweet body of yours — especially around the holidays which can be hairy for the most centered among us — and tap away stress as well as emotional or physical pain.
And Happy Thanksgiving! Know that I am grateful for you.
PS. You can check out all my resources (meditation, aromatherapy, coaching, Ecourses) in one easy spot. There are many free resources as well as discounts for the eCourses, so please take advantage of them as needed over the holidays and beyond. xo
Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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