Mid-August 2015 Newsletter
Hello, and an absolutely super mid-August to you!
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
The photo above is cropped from a group of my fellow energy
medicine students. I like it because I can see the scholar
in myself, so eager to keep learning. I hope you are learning
somethng which gives you pleasure too.
Today's issue has 2 articles, the first with some tips on the
classic vision exercise of palming. The second article is on
EFT helping a woman let go of a fearful child habit.
Vision: Answering a palming question
First, your spine should be straight and vertical as you sit in your
chair, facing a desk or table.
Not rigid like a soldier undergoing an inspection, just easily relaxed.
arms hang down as you sit there, making sure
your head is over your shoulders which are over your hips. Now put your
elbows on the desk, keeping your shoulders relaxed. You may
have to adjust the height of the chair up or down, and/or put a pillow
on the desk, to find a posture which feels aligned to you.
Palming is one of the easiest, most beneficial practices for
relaxing your eyes and mind. It was
in use thousands of years before Dr. Bates and his foundational
vision improvement work in the early 20th century.
If you're unfamiliar with palming, you can learn about it
Even though palming is simple, we can complicate it,
especially if we're prone to anxiety, or trying too hard to be perfect.
Palming is supposed to be relaxing, not a source of more strain!
Someone recently asked about the correct posture, as his neck
and shoulders get sore, and his back starts curving. This would
make me not want to palm at all!
Turn your palms to face you, and see if
you can rest your head in your hands with your eyes covered, like in
the photo. Do you still need to adjust the chair height, or get another pillow?
If you have to raise your shoulders, the desk is too high. Nor
do you want to be leaning forward over a low desk. Your hands
are supporting your head, but not your entire upper torso! Your spine
should remain vertical.
Once you've found a comfortable posture, rest in it, enjoying the
blackness. Your eyes don't have to see anything right now -- this is
their well-deserved downtime.
Like proper form in the gym, having good sitting posture
when you palm will help you get the most out of it. Take the time to
arrange this for yourself, so you can fully relax. Think of it
like tucking a child into bed and making sure she's comfortable, so
she'll sleep really well.
Feel free to play with palming, finding whether your eyes appreciate
it, or not. It just might become your new favorite healthy habit!
If you'd like to learn how to relax your own visual system and to
see more clearly, consider a
Vision Coaching session.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have seeing be pleasurable instead
of a struggle?
EFT: How old are you when you're afraid?
In our discussion after the tapping, I pointed out that "I feel
like a frightened child" had started turning the corner for her.
That was how she felt, and acknowledging it while she
tapped on the meridian points allowed the outdated stuck
emotion to start moving away from her body and energy field.
I don't think any amount of affirmations about how skilled she
was, although true, could have made this kind of difference.
A client recently shared a concern about presenting
herself to her professional colleagues. She has plenty
of experience in her field and a growing list of
satisfied clients she's helped. Yet when she has to talk
about her business and herself as a practitioner, she
stumbles over her words. She fears everyone else is
more qualified than she is, in a specialty she knows more about
than almost all of them!
We did some exploratory tapping: "Even though I know more
than they do about my area of expertise, I am anxious
anyway". As we were tapping, I got an intuitive hit and
then said "In facing another professional, I feel like a
frightened child!". I could see her strong reaction.
I stayed with
statements like "I'm so little and they're so big!" for
a bit, then switched to "I'm an experienced professional,
and new people are interested to hear about my work". Her
posture relaxed and became more confident.
When we're intimidated or even bullied as children, if
we don't have support to deal with the painful feelings,
they get stuffed down into our body and nervous system. These
mini-traumas become like a pile of papers in the middle of
the living room we keep tripping over -- every time we're with
someone who appears powerful we are re-triggered to feel those
childhood feelings of powerlessness. Better to do some EFT to
clean up that pile of papers for good so you can walk around
your space freely!
If you're unfamiliar with EFT, you'll find a brief overview
so you can learn more about it.
If you'd like to release some childhood beliefs which are
negatively affecting your adult life, consider an
EFT Coaching session.
Together we can untangle your past from your present, to
help you live more fully in the Here and Now.
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Enjoy the second half of your August, whether you're vacationing or not.
I'll write again in a couple of weeks. Take care!