Christmas can bring up all sorts of things for people, and some enjoy it more than others. How is it for you? What are the challenges? Use the SUE scale to see where you are just now and reflect on any aspects of this.
The video created for this blog is kept very general, but I acknowledge that some people find Christmas very painful because of bereavement or any number of other reasons. In this case working with an EFT practitioner might be a good choice. But even those that love Christmas may find various challenges that come up. Some of the things that people can find a strain include:
Arrangements for Christmas day and difference of opinions
Overindulgence (food and alcohol, and the way that makes people feel)
Feeling cooped up
Kids off school – more people in the house than usual for long periods of time
Memories from Christmas’ past
Media pressure to feel a certain way
Not getting enough time off work, or having to work days that you’d rather be off
Arguments with partner
Feeling unfit because of not exercising or eating too much at this time of year
So EFT can help with all of these things. As the saying goes: try it on anything. Using positive EFT we can tap for a quality we would like more of. So tapping on the word calm, abundance, peace, balance, grounded, healthy etc can give you a quick lift over the holiday season. What would you like to be feeling around Christmas? Your answer is a great word(s) to start tapping on.
For the tapping points, a demo video on how to do EFT or more info on EFT generally click here. Also you can join me for a round aimed at EFT for a peaceful Christmas in the video below.
Also remembering that our triggers are really blessings in disguise as they show us aspects of ourselves we still need to work on. This is part of the human condition and doesn’t make us unspiritual, unevolved or weak. Taking a curious approach to what presses our buttons helps us to overcome whatever it is and really enjoy life.
If you can make a point of exercising over the Christmas period if you don’t already, this can be a huge benefit. Even getting out for a quick walk can clear the mind and energy and make you feel better.
Wishing you and yours a very peaceful Christmas and New Year,
One way of describing mindfulness is ‘paying attention on purpose to the present moment, in a particular way and without judgement.’
Mindfulness has taken off in a big way in the West over the past few years. Doctors and health professionals are recommending and being trained in it, and it’s the best thing since sliced bread all of a sudden to be in the present moment. Just a little ahead of me hearing about it was Eckhart Tolle’s epic book ‘The Power of Now,’ which taught us the same principle. In this article I’ll show you some tips for being mindful.
So what’s so good about being in the present moment, particularly if we are not feeling great about it? Well every person has on average something like 60,000 thoughts per day. Quite often we work on auto-pilot. This means that while we are driving, cooking, bathing or even having a conversation we are not too stimulated by, our mind is elsewhere. We might be thinking about the past or the future, but often we are pulled away from what is the present moment. And we are missing out on so much in doing so.
If you think about it many of those 60,000 thoughts are repetitive. The mind doesn’t keep creating brand new ones each time. So going over and over the same thoughts about the future or the past may not be our best use of the mind.
At first when you try mindfulness it may feel challenging, but I believe it depends on what you try and what you expect. Notice just now, the thoughts you are having about mindfulness. Have you got any judgements or expectations about it? This is the beginning, becoming the watcher of your experience. Being the watcher is a little like taking a step back. Instead of being caught up in your emotions you can say ‘I notice I feel a little anxious just now,’ and then explore how you know that. Where do you feel it in your body and what are your thoughts saying?
Quick Starts to Trying Mindfulness
Be aware of your breathing. Notice the way the in-breath becomes the out-breath and so on. Notice the feeling in your body as you inhale, and exhale.
Notice all of the sounds you can hear right now. Even silence has a type of sound.
Watch your thoughts without judging or getting hooked into them. Develop a curiosity to see where one finishes and another one comes along.
Pay attention to what you are doing, be it cleaning windows, putting items into your trolley at the supermarket or working on the computer. Bring your awareness right into the experience.
Practice noticing the judging thoughts you have in a day, such as ‘I’m no good at this,’ or ‘they are so annoying.’ Allow yourself to notice the judgement and practise releasing it.
Be aware of your body. How do your clothes feel? If you are sitting notice the points of the body that are supported by the chair. How is your posture?
EFT for mindfulness
There are lots of resources to learn more about Mindfulness, I like Padraig O’Morain‘s book ‘Mindfulness on the Go.’
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