Find Your Inner Sanctuary

Where do you go when you want to get away from it all?

Where do you escape to when life gets too much?

Do you need to go to a physical place to get that sense of peace and quiet?

I used to love going to a particular beach and sit staring out at sea to contemplate life and think, when I needed that space. I no longer live right by the sea, so I have a particular spot in a park that I go to which is right by a river and some wonderful trees. For me whenever I feel I want to stop the world I feel I need to connect with nature. I feel being in nature I connect to my true self and can allow my thoughts to settle and gain some clarity and inner peace.

But we can also create this kind of space within us. We can create our own inner sanctuary where we can go when we need to escape at any time. It might be based on an actual place we have been or seen. Or we can be completely creative and create a space completely from our imagination.

What does the landscape of your inner sanctuary look like? Is it a beach, a lake, a river, a mountain or a desert? Or is it a city scene? Are there any other people around or you are alone? Are there birds or animals there?

You don’t even have to limit yourself to one sanctuary, you could have several depending on your mood and needs at the time you want to get away from it all. Or it could be one sanctuary where the seasons change the landscape around you.

The important thing is that you create a space where you feel calm and connected with yourself. A place where you can feel inner peace. A place where you can think and gain clarity. A place where you can go whenever you need to get away from it all. A place that is just yours.

inner sanctuary
inner sanctuary

Use this inner sanctuary at times of stress or anxiety. Use it whenever you feel overwhelmed by life and you need time alone. Use it when you need to make a decision or contemplate choices. Use it when you want to feel connected to yourself.

I love using my inner sanctuary to help me escape from the world and connect to myself.

I would love to hear about your experiences with your inner sanctuary.

Keep tapping
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Tapping the day Away

If you have experienced the benefits of EFT then you know just how good you feel when you have cleared an issue up. You’ve worked on your issue and you are feeling so much better. This EFT stuff is great you think. Then you leave it alone until the next time you have an issue that needs addressing. Does that sound like you? Well, what I would encourage you to do is to make a commitment to tap every day anyway.

Whether you are working on an issue or not, tapping every day has its benefits. We are toning our energy system and encouraging the chi or energy to flow smoothly throughout our body. We know the benefits of exercising our bodies regularly. So how about discovering the benefits of toning your energy system every day?

I know, it takes time and you’re really busy with a million and one other things to do, which all seem they are a higher priority. What if the tapping every day helped you deal with all that other stuff? What if you felt like you had more energy and you could think more clearly? That would be worth it wouldn’t it?

If you do have some resistance, here is a script which can help. Followed by some tips about how you can easily fit in some tapping into your day. Enjoy!

  • Even though I’m too busy to tap every day, I accept my feelings about this
  • Even though I can’t find the time to do EFT every day, I’m open to letting it be easy
  • Even though it seems like too much effort to make time to tap every day, what if I could let it be easy

Eyebrow: I’m too busy to tap every day
Side of eye: I find it so hard to find time to do EFT
Under eye: I’m not good at finding time for me
Under nose: It takes too much effort to tap every day
Chin: I don’t have enough time
Collarbone: Ge’ez, I’m busy enough already!
Under arm: I just don’t know how I’d find the time
Top of head: I can’t make time just for me and my health

Eyebrow: I’m open to finding ways to do this
Side of eye: I guess I would feel better
Under eye: Maybe I can fit in a few minutes of tapping
Under nose: What if I did manage to find some time
Chin: I do want to feel better
Collarbone: Maybe I can fit in some tapping every day
Under arm: I could do manage a few minutes a day
Top of head: I am worth finding the time to do some tapping

Now take a nice easy deep breath. Repeat the tapping if you are still feeling any resistance. Adjust the phrases until you get down to a zero and feel ready to fit EFT into your day. 

Tap every day

Here’s those tips:

  • Tap in the shower in the morning
  • Tap every time you go to the toilet
  • Tap whilst you wait for the kettle to boil
  • Tap whilst you are waiting at the traffic lights
  • Tap when you are standing in a queue
  • Tap when you are on hold on the phone
  • Tap when you read your email
  • Tap before you go to sleep at night

You see there are many ways to fit EFT into your day. You don’t have to be tuned into anything in particular if you don’t want to. You can just use finger tapping (especially good if you are in public!). Try tapping in some positive statements, e.g. my energy is flowing freely, I am feeling calm and peaceful, I am healthy, whole and complete.

If you haven’t yet experienced the benefits of EFT then learn now! Checkout my ‘What is EFT?’ page.

Keep tapping, every day!
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How To Tap In The Good Stuff

How often do you end up focussed on the negative stuff in your life? 

Do you wish you had an easy way to focus on the positives instead?

You can easily use positive situations, events, memories etc to create a positive repository for those days when it seems everything is going wrong or the whole world is against you.

We have so many fleeting positive experiences and we just don’t acknowledge them or relish them, so they are lost.

This technique draws heavily on resource states from NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). Dr Patricia Carrington (EFT Master) utilised NLP resource states and added tapping to create a very powerful technique.

I love using this technique – it is very easy and quick to do. It is wonderful to have a positive memory bank to tap into whenever you feel you need a bit more positivity in your life.

Here’s what to do:

Think of a positive situation, event, memory etc.  It could be eating lunch with your best friend, the time you won a 10k race, feeling a summer breeze whilst sat by a river. Now as you think of that positive memory, turn up the colours, make the pictures brighter, enhance the sounds and really feel those good feelings as if it were happening right now.

Now come up with a statement that sums up your experience, e.g. winning my 1st 10k race, gentle summer breeze caressing my face etc. Now use EFT to tap that experience in.  Tap through the points starting at the eyebrow:

Eyebrow: Winning my 1st 10k race
Side of eye: Winning my 1st 10k race
Under eye: Winning my 1st 10k race

Repeat until you finish at the top of your head.

This is now a powerful resource state you can use in the future. Any time you want to re-experience this lovely memory, just tap on the points starting at the eyebrow and repeat your statement, e.g. winning my 1st 10k race, finishing at the top of your head.

It can be really helpful to enhance this process even more by writing down your resource statements in a journal or on flash cards and carrying them with you. Any time you feel you need a boost, get out your journal/cards and tap in those wonderful positive experiences!

I hope you enjoy using Emotional Freedom Techniques in this way – I certainly do!

Keep tapping.
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3 Ways to Enhance Your Sports Performance

Here are 3 ways to Enhance Your Sports Performance:

  1. Release the negatives
  2. Tap in the positives
  3. Aid your recovery

1. Release the Negatives

We all know that what we think about our performance, affects our performance. So you’ve got to get into your thinking and discover what it is that you are thinking before your event.

Do you visualise yourself winning or succeeding?

If not – then why not? What are you visualising instead?

Do you picture yourself failing? Do you think I didn’t do too well last time? Do you dwell on your mistakes or failures? If so, you are setting yourself up for more of the same!

I’d like to show you a way of using EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques to really empower yourself for winning and success.

Firstly, address your negative thoughts, self doubts, mistakes etc. Now this stage could take some time – so don’t rush it. Try writing down all of the things you think, feel and picture and work on them one by one. Here are some examples to get you started.

  • Even though I always focus on what I did wrong during my last race, I’m open to accepting myself anyway
  • Even though that last game I played, I didn’t do my best, I accept myself anyway
  • Even though I keep playing over that last race in my mind and everything I did wrong, I’m open to releasing this and focussing on what I did right

Ok, I hope you get the idea. Tap on all the negatives until you have cleared them all. It really is a good idea to write a list down and work your way through it to ensure you get everything.

2. Tap in the Positives

Now, focus on creating a positive visualisation of you in the future. Visualise your race, event, game etc going the best it possibly could. Turn up the colours and make them bright and vivid. Increase the sounds around you if they are important (e.g. cheering from the audience). Turn up the feelings in your body. Make them intense so you really feel good.

Now come up with a summary of your positive visualisation e.g. My perfect race, my game going just as I planned etc. You can now use EFT to tap in the positive visualisation. Repeat the tapping starting at the eyebrow and finishing on top of your head:

Eyebrow: My perfect race
Side of Eye: My perfect race
Under Eye: My perfect race

My Perfect Race

Use this visualisation and tapping routine often!

3. Aid Your Recovery

If you have an injury then you can use Emotional Freedom Techniques to help your body recover. If there are any negative emotions associated with your injury then work on those. You can also work on your physical injury using EFT being as specific as possible. So if you have strained your gluteal muscle then tap on that. E.g.

  • Even though I have strained this gluteal muscle and it’s causing me pain, I accept myself anyway
  • Even though I have this strained gluteal muscle, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway
  • Even though this right gluteal muscle is hurting like hell, I accept myself anyway

You can also address any frustrations that you have about your injury. E.g.

  • Even though this strained gluteal muscle is frustrating me because I can’t train and I really want to get back to my program, I accept all of me anyway
  • Even though this gluteal muscle is taking way to long to heal, I accept my body is trying it’s best

Keep on tapping until you have fully recovered. Please be sensible and allow yourself to recover from your injuries rather than trying to use EFT to dull the pain and doing it anyway.

Enjoy your enhanced sports performance!

Happy tapping!