Do you ever wonder what's up with the days you just seem to wake up agitated and in a bad mood?
Today I knew it was going to be one of those days. For some reason, I just woke up with a chip on my shoulder. All morning long it felt like I was battling with the thoughts in my head. I was thinking about the state of the world, then politics, just one nasty cynical thought after another. It seemed like no matter what I tried, even looking for a positive subject...the negative tone stayed. What really bothered me was I could tell that this cynical agitation was zapping my energy and my ambition to do anything.
All I could think were thoughts like, "Who cares? No one will appreciate it anyway," "Really, so and so can't put their socks away?" "I'm so sick of picking up socks and laundry? Why do I even bother?" "I want out of this country. We're in such a mess." And it just went on and on!
Have you ever experienced a day like this? If so, I know you get how maddening it can be!
Esther Hicks, author of "Ask and it is Given" and law of attraction expert, teaches that every thought you think for at least 17 seconds or longer attracts another thought just like it only stronger! (I know that's the truth because I lived it today!) Each thought builds and picks up momentum just like a snowball growing larger as it rolls down a hill. It starts out with just one harmless small ball, kind of like a small annoyed thought about socks on the floor... then builds momentum until pretty soon, you hate everyone and everything and it's now an enormous snow monster that will plow you over. (This may be a small exaggeration, maybe you don't hate everyone but I got dangerously close to that with all these spiraling toxic thoughts... :/)
The good news about this 17 second rule is it works the same way with positive thoughts. So if you can somehow turn things around and find even 1 empowered thought, it will attract another one and pick up speed as well.
Even though I know this principle inside and out some days it can feel like an endless tug of war and even despite my best efforts to choose better thoughts, the cynical side seems to overpower everything.
Today, after battling all morning and not winning... I decided to try and do some energy work on it. The Meridian Tapping exercise I did helped so much I wanted to share it with you. I think one of the reasons the tapping helped was because I finally stopped resisting and just accepted what was happening without judgment.
When we resist an experience (and of course we do sometimes, who wants to participate in draining thoughts all day?) it actually keeps the energy from being able to process and move. This seems counter-intuitive a little bit I know, but the trick is to just allow yourself to feel what you feel so the energy can move through you and be released.
This is why the language in tapping is structured the way it is: "Even though I'm feeling nasty and negative, I accept myself and all my feelings." See how the wording goes? It's set up that way for the very specific reason of helping you to stop resisting, judging, stuffing, fighting, whatever... It's a cool way that you can accept the feelings, be in the moment, and allow yourself to process the experience.
Meridian tapping also works just like emotional acupressure. It helps clear any stuck emotional energy so you can feel calm and peaceful even when you're going through a difficult time.
Remember, emotions are just "energy in motion." The negative feelings hurt the most because they disrupt the body's energy system and stop its ability to flow well. Tapping on key energy points helps move and clear the stuck energy which consequently relieves or eliminates the emotional pattern altogether..
If you want to learn more about what meridian tapping is and why it works, click here.
Please save this tapping exercise so you can use it on the days you just feel agitated, unpleasant, or in a chronic bad mood.
Using your fingertips, gently tap the following acupressure points while making the accompanying statements:
Side of hand: Even though I'm feeling cynical and nasty, I can't seem to get out of this yuck, it feels stuck, like gum on my shoe. I can only see the down side of everything today and it's driving me nuts. I don't want to feel this way but I do, I accept and love myself even though I don't like what's happening.
Even though my body and mind seem determined to kind of hate everything and find the downside to everything, I am willing to love and accept myself even the part of me that's being a real downer..
Even though I don't like feeling this way, I love and appreciate all parts of me, especially because I'm at least trying this tapping exercise which means I'm willing to do what I can to come out of this...
Inside of eyebrow: Everything feels so "not awesome" at this moment.
Side of the eye: I keep feeling bombarded with all kinds of negativity.
Under the eye: I'm trying to change my focus but it hasn't really been working so far.
Under the nose: I don't want to spend my day focused this way but my mind seems to be determined to show me all the flaws in my life, the people I love, and the world in general.
Chin: It's okay that I'm seeing all of this right now. If I can be this focused on flaws and feeling yucky, my mind will also be able to focus just as much or more on what's going well and what I can do right now to make things better. I'm open to this possibility.
Collarbone: I am now choosing to ask my mind to focus more on what's going well and what's really great in my life.
Under the arm: I have a comfortable place to live right now.
Top of the head: I was able to take a shower if I wanted to. I have running water and people I love.
Inside of eyebrow: I am open to feeling more calm and accepting of my life.
Side of eye: Things might not be perfect, but there are lots of things that are pretty good.
Under the eye: I can think about those things.
Under the nose: What if the very act of doing this exercise and changing my focus is changing my energy so I can receive even more good things in my life?
Chin: I'm excited about that. There are a lot of great things going on if I really think about it. I'm choosing to focus on what's already going well in my life
Top of the head: And.. how far I have come. I've accomplished so much more than I ever really take time to appreciate or even think about. I'm choosing to feel proud of me and excited about how far I have come.
Take a few deep breaths and allow the energy to move and process....
Thanks for taking the time to do this process. I hope it helped turn things around so you can have a great day.
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