Like Layers of an Onion…

Yes, I’m talking about food again.

A few weeks ago I had my annual appointment at the eye doctor. I love the early appointments because they aren’t usually running late yet. In at 8, out by 9 after the full exam. Perfect. As I am waiting at the parking lot exit to pull out and head back home, I get this sudden craving for something sweet. At 9 am?! My mind goes straight to one of the fast food places that has milk shakes, parfaits, or maybe a cinnamon roll. Really? I had already had a protein smoothie just before I left the house so there is absolutely no reason I should be hungry. Sigh.

With nobody behind me, I backed up to pull in to one of the parking places at the doctor’s office again. Another beautiful thing about EFT, or Tapping, is that with regular use, one becomes more aware, more mindful, of thoughts and actions. In the past I would have pulled right in to the nearest drive-through and finished off a chocolate shake before I even realized what I was doing. This time, though, my mind was aware enough to notice that a morning milkshake wasn’t exactly a logical or healthy action. I took a few minutes to tap on this sudden craving.

“Even though I am craving a chocolate milkshake and it’s only 9 in the morning, I love, accept and forgive myself. This craving. This craving. At 9 am?!…”

It only took two rounds of tapping for the memories to surface and the emotions with them. Like the layers of an onion, EFT helps us discover what is hidden beneath the cravings. And with cravings, it’s rarely about the food!

Tapping in the parking lot helped me make my way back to an old memory of leaving the doctor’s office as a young child. On the way out, the nurse always gave me a red lollipop. I think that was the only color they had way back then. And with that lollipop, anything bad that happened in the visit melted away. A little sugar helps the medicine go down. Familiar? And then I remembered all the other times a sweet treat was a reward for doing something. As this light bulb illuminated, my craving disappeared. And didn’t return. Repeatedly seeing the power of tapping helps it become more powerful in my life.

“And I deeply and completely love, accept, and forgive myself.”

Keep Calm and Tap On!

Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.