Does Tapping Take the place of Meditation?
No way, but it sure can help the monkey mind! Here is how to improve meditation with tapping easily.
In case you have been on another planet for a while and just arrived, here is something interesting to know…..
Neuro-scientists have discovered that when you ask the brain to meditate, it gets better not just at meditating, but at a wide range of self-control skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control, and self-awareness.
“People who meditate regularly aren’t just better at these things.
Over time, their brains become finely tuned willpower machines.
Regular mediators have more gray matter in the prefrontal cortex,
as well as regions of the brain that support self-awareness.”
~ Kelly McGonigal from The Willpower Instinct.
Sometimes all that really matters is that it makes you feel good!
Your well-being will grow as you meditate…and it just simply makes you feel good. If you are like me you could use a little feel good energy daily, yes?
The invitation here is to enhance the feel goodness by utilizing your natural body chemistry right from the start, and get a little jump start on the ancient art of meditation. Or if you are like me your start up time to that feeling good from meditation takes a while to get to on some days. The process I describe here will speed that up so you can get to the good stuff faster. Yeah!
Start by Focusing on your breathing
What that means is notice the feeling of the air as you breath in and out. You don’t have to meditate for hours, try it a few minutes at a time until you build up to 15 minutes, then 20, then 30 or more. It doesn’t take much to bring that feel good energy alive. It’s how most meditations start anyway so noting new yet. The enhancement starts with these tips. following.
Before you begin your meditation
Tap on all the points for one or two rounds in silence.
If you mind is still jumping around like a monkey in your head….Tap with the following script ideas. Make it your own.
This Tapping can take you less than five minutes
On the Karate Chop point on the side of the hand….repeat three times:
Even if there is a part of my mind that does not want to settle into meditation, and it is keeping me from enjoying this, there is another part of me that wants to feel the peace….and I lovingly accept both parts of me.
Tap one or two rounds on how you are fee
Tap on the rest of the points describing how you are feeling about meditation now. You can’t do it wrong. Say out load or to yourself how you are feeling. Make it your own thoughts. Maybe something like this…..
My mind is so busy I can’t seem to calm it down.
I keep thinking about everything else I have to do.
I feel stupid sitting here with my eyes closed thinking about nothing.
I am concerned my family will see me and wonder what I am doing.
My body feels restless.
I can’t sit still now.
I am a little afraid to relax my mind from all these thoughts.
I don’t know what might happen.
I have never stopped thinking on purpose.
My thoughts are all over the place.
Take a breath and notice the changes.
Tap one or two rounds on how you want to feel
On the Karate Chop Point ….one time:
If there is a part of me that wants to hold on to this wondering mind….there is a bigger part of me that wants to feel my thoughts calming down. I lovingly accept both parts of me.
I wonder what it would feel like to have my thoughts settle down?
I wonder how my body would feel if my mind was a little smoother.
How would my breath change if my mind stopped bouncing around like a monkey.
I think it would feel calming.
I would like to see how it feels to have more control over my thoughts.
I want to feel in charge of my thoughts rather than my thoughts in charge of me.
I want to experience how that feels.
Oh, it can’t happen so easily.
I have never done that.
It might be scary.
Or it might feel really good.
I really won’t know until I try it.
I want to see what a calm mind feels like today.
I want to feel the peace in my body and in my mind today.
Take a breath and notice how you feel, and notice the changes.
Once you feel like you have Tapped down most of the restlessness….
Tap in some choice statements
Tap one or two rounds on how you choose to feel.
On the Karate Chop point….one time:
Even if there is a tiny part of my mind that wants to wonder off in thought;
there is a much larger part of me that wants to settle into meditation with peace,
and I lovingly accept both parts of me.
I choose to be at peace as I meditate.
I choose to feel the calming of my thoughts.
I choose to kindly let any thoughts pass by.
I will come back to my breath gently each time I wonder off.
Over and over notice your breathe as your thoughts drift by like a cloud
I choose to notice my breathe and enjoy the feeling of my breath calming my whole body.
I choose to enjoy this moment I have to be at peace.
Take a few deep breaths, shake out your hands, drink some water.
Settle into following your breath as you breath in and out.
Time will pass easily now and your thoughts will smooth out.
Keep returning to the feeling of your breathing as soon as you find your mind wandering off.
Repeat, repeat, and repeat.
Each time you come back to your breath, your mind will settle down more and more.
Enjoy the inner alignment and peace!
Here is a copy of the Tapping Points Guide. This will show you were to gently place your finger tips as you tap on the powerful calming points on your body.
If you want to know more about Tapping, what it does and how it works check out a couple of my articles here:
Here is a short lesson on meditation with another great resource Brian Johnson.
May you find peace in you mind, and ease in your body.