Group EFT tapping followed by a guided meditation to build a strong sense of connection to self. Access your emotional energy to release tension, get grounded and and find complete calm in your body and mind.
Experience the power of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and “borrow benefits” as we tap together in a small group. Tapping helps calm the nervous system, release tension and reduce the intensity of uncomfortable thoughts and feelings in the mind and body.
We end with a meditation, either sitting or laying down. The meditation is guided, helping you to
– feel more centred
– access safety and comfort in your body
– connect with self
– be at ease in your physical and emotional body.
Helping you to be grounded and calm to increase your sense of vitality & aliveness.
Access a more grounded sense of self to feel calm, collected and confident. Notice how tapping before meditation helps you to be more present and relax deeper.
Please see the calendar for dates and venue details. (I’m offering this session free of charge, weekly, in April & May 2020. Sign up here).
When we feel anxious, panicky, or even unconsciously stressed, we tend to take short breaths (called shallow breathing or chest breathing). As a result, our body doesn’t receive enough oxygen, which limits blood flow to important organs and creates tension in our muscles and joints.
This is a physiological reaction to perceived external danger, so when we continuously take shallow breaths we are actually sending signals to our body that we are under threat.
Anything from being stuck in a traffic jam or standing in a long queue, to feeling claustrophobic in a crowded space or even remembering a past traumatic event, can make us anxious and put us into stress mode. Our minds can perceive these situations as threatening/stressful and our body reacts to our thought patterns.
It is imperative to start becoming aware of when we are putting ourselves into stress mode, as these are usually subconscious reactions.
When we breathe full, deep breaths using the full capacity of our lungs, not only are we nourishing our cells with more oxygen, but we are sending calming signals to our body.
In the same way that stressful thoughts in our subconscious mind can create negative changes in our physical body, initiating conscious changes (breathing) in our body can create a calmer state of mind.
Stressful thoughts = shallow breath & tightness in muscles
Deep, full breaths = calmer mind + calmer body
Harvard cardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, identified the flip side of the stress response, which he called the “relaxation response.” Benson demonstrated that meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques can bring about physiological changes including a lower heart rate, lower breathing rate, and decreased muscle tension along with positive changes in brain waves. Mind-body techniques that elicit this relaxation response have been successful in treating many stress-related disorders.
Try this exercise: To find out how you are breathing, place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. On every inhale, notice your chest rising. Notice your abdomen too – does it move?
If it doesn’t, then your breath is shallow.
If your abdomen moves in on an inhale, your breath is inverted (and still shallow).
If your chest as well as your abdomen rise when you breathe in, you are breathing good, relaxed breaths – well done!
If you find it difficult to breathe into your abdomen, try this:
Try to imagine that your abdomen is like a balloon
As you breathe in slowly, let the air fill up your abdomen as if you are filling a balloon with air, letting your abdomen rise before your chest
As you exhale, let your chest go in then your abdomen, as if deflating the balloon
Do this exercise 3 – 4 times and feel your body become calm.
There are many breathing techniques and exercises that we can use to release stress from our body & mind. The first step, as always, is to be mindful, to become aware. Only then can we pause and step back before we can breathe our way to a sense of calm and to new perspectives.
Often Heard and Seldom Practiced:
GRATITUDE IS THE KEY TO ABUNDANCE
We have so many things to be grateful for and so many ways in which to be grateful. This Gratitude Meditation for me is like starting at home, with the basics, with our body. I like to do this in Śavāsana after a yoga class, but you can do it at any time. It’s a great meditation to get you into a relaxed state just before you sleep. It’s very powerful to end your day with gratitude instead of the usual stressful thoughts.
You can sit or lay down to meditate. Either way, get comfortable. If you choose to sit, make sure your back is straight.
Close your eyes, and start by taking a few deep, relaxing belly breaths. Focusing on your breath will help to stay present.
After you start to feel a little more relaxed, just feel into your body. As you progress through the meditation, let your mind slowly feel it’s way to each body part.
As you scan your body, be grateful to each part. You can actually say whatever comes to your mind, naturally – the following meditation is for you to use as a guideline. Start by sending your mind towards your feet, and feel each toe. :
Thank you, my toes and my feet, for carrying my body around all day
Thank you, my ankles, for being flexible so I can walk
Thank you, my shins and calves. I send you love and thank you for your support
Thank you, my knees, for being wonderful flexible joints, and for helping me move forward. I send love from my heart to the cartilage, bones and every cell in and around you
Thank you my thighs, for helping my legs move forward
Thank you my pelvis, for protecting my organs, for being my foundation
Thank you my hips, for holding my emotions, for helping me to be active
Thank you my torso, my front and my back. Thank you my stomach for helping me to digest, thank you my lungs, for helping me to breathe. Thank you, my spine, for your constant and amazing support
Thank you my shoulders, for helping me carry my responsibilities, thank you my joints, I send loving light to every cell
Thank you my arms, for helping me to embrace my experiences
Thank you my wrists, my hands, my fingers, for helping me with simple tasks every day
Thank you, my neck, for supporting my head
Thank you my lips, mouth, nose eyes, and ears, for helping me to sense
Thank you my head, my mind, my brain, for being a part of me
Pause here, now, and take a few deep belly breaths…
Take your mind’s focus to your heart, and feel into all the loving energy that resides there. Feel the love. Give it a colour, perhaps. Now send the colour (or just the energy if you can’t feel a colour) from your heart all over your body. Important:
If you have any injuries or disabilities, do the body scan as above. Send love to that body part instead of an emotion like anger or frustration.
Our fast paced lives have turned us into shallow breathers. Check your breath now: how are you breathing?
Take a deep inhale all the way down to your abdomen.
Exhale all the way out.
And then do it again.
Deep breathing brings many blessings:
Relaxes in the body, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety
Improves circulation of blood and oxygen in the body (fewer wrinkles, imagine!)
Increases energy, physical and mental
Reduces fear and pain
Cleanses the blood of toxic stress chemicals
Improves power of mental concentration and observation
Breathing is managed subconsciously, which is great because that means we don’t have to remember to breathe. But know that we can send calming signals to our bodymind by taking control and consciously changing how we breathe.