Since we are all travel bugs around here, we know that traveling to connect with the world and ourselves is something we just can’t live without. But let’s face it, sometimes travel can be stressful, especially for us in the “over 40” crowd who tend to like our creature comforts and quiet mornings with coffee instead of crowded airports.
Wouldn’t it be NICE if something (legal and actually good for us) could help take the edge off the travel stress just a little bit?
Well, there is. It’s called Emotional Freedom Technique (also called EFT, Meridian Tapping or just Tapping). And believe it or not, it has the ability to calm the nerves in a matter of minutes.
What is EFT?
It was created in the 1980’s by Gary Craig, a Stanford-training engineer and life coach. It has really been catching on over the last decade or so, as everyone from Louis Hay to the late (great) Wayne Dyer have spoken about its practical use in their own lives.
Tapping is also part of a field of study called “energy medicine,” which says that lower stress response and good physical health comes from the proper flow of “energy” through the body. The Chinese call this energy Chi. The Japanese call it Ki. In the Ayurvedic tradition, it is called Prana.
Since there is a “name” for this life force in pretty much every culture, I think everybody may be on to something here…
In study after study, EFT has been shown to lower stress hormones, calm “fight or flight” responses and help with:
Test and Public Speaking Anxiety
And also… Travel Stress!
The best way to see if EFT works for you is to try it!
According to the principles of energy medicine, when you are feeling “off,” it just means energy is blocked somewhere in your body (or in your auric field). When you practice EFT, you help release the block, you let the energy flow and you feel better. Wha-La!
Here is how it is done: EFT is also called “Meridian Tapping” (or just Tapping) because the procedure utilizes the same meridian-based energy system that acupuncture uses (minus the needles). And because the meridians are associated with emotions, there is a verbal component to EFT as well.
With the “fast and easy” version of Tapping, there are 9 areas of your body (see graphic) you focus on from the top of your head to just below your arms. You also use the “karate chop (KC) point” at the fatty part of either hand to “set the intention” of your EFT session.
You begin by lightly tapping the KC Point for a “set up” phrase. Then as you lightly tap the rest of the points, you verbalize in an honest way first your current reality (God, I’m so stressed out! My plane is late and there is so much noise! I think I am going crazy!) and then how you would like to feel about it (“I choose to feel safe and peaceful,” “I choose to feel safe and go with the flow…”)
Confused? Watch this introductory video by Nick Ortner of the Tapping World Summit and author of the book The Tapping Solution:
How Far Down the Rabbit Hole Do You Want to Go?
According to Bruce Lipton, physicist and author of The Biology of Belief, EFT is also a way to “supercharge” deep emotional healing as it reprograms negative belief patterns to more life-affirming ones. If you are interested in learning more, check this video out. It may just blow your mind:
But for now, whatta ya say we just stick to getting through Customs without punching that obnoxious guy in front of you in line for talking on his cell phone.
When you are stressed out from travel, I would call that A GOOD DAY!
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Do you practice EFT? Tell us about it in the Comments section below!