#RealHappiness Meditation Challenge 2019 - Day 4 and 5

Day 4

So I didn't write a blog post for day 4. It was a really really long day. Like a 16 hour day. I barely had enough energy to eat. But I did meditate! Day 4 was using counting as part of the meditation. It was different for me because I use counting, but I count as I breath in and count as I breath out for a variety of reasons. This method had you note the word "in" on the in breath and count the number as the out breath. It went like "in, one, in, two, in, three, in, four, in, five," etc. This was very different for me. I think it helped me focus because it wasn't familiar. I can't say it was as comfortable as the other methods so far, but hey, everything isn't for everyone. 

I did enjoy the sentiments in Needlesandherbs post counting and verbal noting. I appreciated SueB's point in #RealHappinessChallenge - Day 4 - numbers that because something doesn't do it for you one time, trying something else and maybe coming back might have a different result. Johnnie_the_poet's honesty in his post Daily Practice Day Four was a refreshing reminder that we are yet still human. My favorite of the day was Victoria Liebertore Sneaking a Prayer.

Day 5

To be honest, I had to do this meditation twice. I did it earlier in the day after a 90 minute yoga practice and I honestly cannot recall what the heck happened! I don't remember falling asleep or waking up. Just that 12 minutes had passed and I needed to clean up my yoga mat and accessories. 

On my second time around it took me several minutes to get settled into a comfortable seated position. I think I fell asleep 2 or 3 or 4 times during a total of 20 minutes. I found the guided portion of the meditation to be very very distracting. Once the guided portion was done I felt more settled into the meditation. I see colors and shapes during meditation generally and today was no exception. I appreciated the transcript the most today. Loving kindness as a practice has been life changing for me. It's not difficult to show loving kindness to myself, but to implement the practice for others has made me more humble. 

Today I was reminded that I can show loving kindness to myself for my own commitments in Day 5 of 28: Loving Kindness by Edith. I enjoyed Dariene's account of the start of her day with the meditation challenge in Day 5 - kindness. Cher's post Day 5 and Buddhist principals resonated with me deeply. Recently I've been pondering and ruminating on the similarities in various practices and the resistance by some to very helpful practices simply due to the language. This was an opportunity to give thanks for variety. Denise E shared Magic Moments - in Schools which provided a great opening to see meditation from several different perspectives. 

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What is EFT Tapping?

What the heck is tapping? I've never heard of that! That's got to be a joke right? These are some of the things that crossed my mind when I first learned of EFT tapping. I'm not sure where or how I learned about this technique, but I'm so glad that I did. I do remember a late night conversation on a friend's social media page where I learned another woman had been using tapping to successfully deal with her personal issues. She shared some resources with me that I'm going to share here as well. 

The site that I first read about tapping is http://tap-easy.com/. The initial page doesn't have a lot of explanation on what is tapping, but it did have a free 21-day tapping challenge that was an easy way to get started. I also elected to purchase the EFT book they offered. It is 116 pages and goes into great detail about what is tapping and provides scripts that may work for you. I especially like this as I like to read more than listen to audio or watch a video. Tap easy has many videos that you can choose to purchase to address a variety of issues. There is also videos from Tap Easy on YouTube.

From the Tap Easy email communications I learned about the Tapping Solution. This is another great resource on tapping. This site provides what I believe to be a comprehensive introduction to tapping from the Tapping 101 link on their site. I especially like this video from Jessica Ortner that teaches you the tapping points. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend/watch several sessions from their free world summit. If you missed it there was an opportunity to purchase all the sessions, which I elected not to do. However, if you subscribe to their email newsletter you get a wealth of resources for free. 

I didn't stop there with my research and learning about tapping. EFT Universe has a free manual on EFT. I appreciate that they have a wealth of article links with the case studies and testimonials for using EFT for a variety of issues. There is also more information on the historical perspective of EFT origins. 

EFT is recommended by traditional practitioners and health focused alike. Dr. Mercola has a very insightful post about the effects of anxiety and stress on the brain and how EFT is a simple technique that the whole family can use. You can see a variety of claimed endorsements here. I cannot verify all these claims, but I have seen Donna Eden and Jack Canfield support the benefits of EFT. 

Recently I was experiencing extreme anger and found this script to help provide me with extreme relief from TappingAudio.com . They have a nice free PDF to explain EFT as well as tapping audios and meditations.

I hope these resources are as helpful to you as they were to me. I wouldn't consider myself an expert by any means, but if you want to learn more about my experiences with EFT or talk through why you might be considering EFT, feel free to reach out to me on Facebook Messenger or schedule a free 30 minute coaching consultation