Do you know when tension starts visiting you? How about anger? Fear? Your body knows, the more you listen to your body, the more you control feelings.
First visit to the 101 course? Go here to start at the beginning.
HOW TO PRACTICE ANY EMOTIONAL FITNESS EXERCISE
Proper practice requires full awareness. Full awareness is achieved by taking a Calming Breath, breathing normally while focusing on the exercise and when the exercise is over, taking another Calming Breath and thinking for a few moments about what you have learned. You take a Calming Breath by:
- Breathing in slowly to a count of five
- Holding your breath for another count of five
- Breathing out slowly to a final count of five
- Smiling softy as if you are looking at a sleeping baby or into the eyes of a loved one returning your love
- Whispering” Thank you.”
Frequent practice is a must. All super stars, no matter what their field, practice hours and hours, day after day. You don’t need to spend hours, because once learned most EFT’s exercises can be practiced in a minute or less.
Exercises such as the one above take a bit of time to learn. The first step is to learn it when you are relatively relaxed. At first you will feel awkward or need to chick the cirections. When you can take a Calming Breath and Body Scan without checking the exercises, build some confidence and then start speeding things up and doing a Mini Body Scan. How?
Taking a breath and while holding it, quickly scanning your body, naming only obvious feeling clues. What might they be: wrinkled forehead and pulled together eyebrows, narrowed eyes, teary eyes, tight jaw, tense shoulders, clenched fists, stomach pain, tight buttocks, shaky legs, even curled toes.
In time you will become more and more aware of the clues your body sends you and how those clues related to feelings.
Yes, taking a course means you be asked to do a bit of homework. Not often, but this assignment focuses you a specific feeling. Doing so makes all your are learning more immediately helpful.
Maybe shyness keep you from speaking up in class or at a meeting. Anger might have you speaking when it might be best to be quiet. Sadness might find you low on energy so you don’t do what you need to do.
Using that feeling throughout the course will intensify your ability to gain control. No you don’t have to do this. But it is recommended.
When you have picked a feeling to work on, think about and jot down, the facts about the last time that feeling bossed you and you did something you regret.
What were you feeling before the troublesome feeling came to visit? How did rhe feeling first announce it’s presence? What happened that created the feeling? What did you say to yourself as the feeling grew in strength? Who was with you? What did you do that you regret? What made the feeling depart? What troubled you about what you did?
Try to spend at least twenty minutes on the above. Doing so will serve you well during the rest of the course. Every question leads to more feeling awareness and uncovers more fee.ing clues.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
Self talk as a feeling clue.
Remember: All of the posters and handouts used in this course can be downloaded free from the EFTI store.
As always thank you for all you do including liking, commenting, or sharing.