This video will introduce you to a technique known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to help reduce cravings. EFT is based on the principles of Chinese acupuncture and energy meridians.
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Introduction: Understanding the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as “tapping,” is a powerful self-help tool that combines elements of traditional Chinese acupuncture with modern psychology to address negative emotions, cravings, and addictions. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the fundamentals of EFT, explain how it can help you quit smoking, and provide step-by-step instructions for performing this technique at home.
The Origins of EFT: From Acupuncture to Tapping
The principles of EFT are rooted in the ancient practice of Chinese acupuncture, which has been used for over 5,000 years to balance the body’s energy meridians. These energy pathways, also known as “meridians,” crisscross the body, and when blocked, can lead to a variety of health issues, including addictions.
EFT was developed by Gary Craig in the United States about 30 years ago. Recognizing the effectiveness of this technique, Craig believed that it should be freely accessible to anyone seeking to improve their emotional well-being. Thus, EFT has become a popular self-help method for addressing a wide range of concerns, including the urge to smoke.
The Power of Emotions: How EFT Addresses Cravings and Addictions
Negative emotions are often at the core of cravings and addictions. EFT is designed to help individuals release and process these emotions, allowing for a healthier and more balanced state of mind.
The technique involves tapping on specific acupressure points while repeating affirmations that target the emotion or craving being addressed. By doing so, individuals can experience a reduction in the intensity of their cravings and better manage their emotions.
How to Practice EFT: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Smoking Cravings
1. Begin with the Karate Chop Point
Using the index and middle fingers of your dominant hand, tap on the karate chop point (the fleshy side of your non-dominant hand). Tap five to seven times while repeating the following affirmation:
“Change is a part of life, and I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
2. Tap on the Facial Acupressure Points
Next, tap on the following facial points in sequence, repeating the corresponding affirmations:
- Between the eyes: “In an instant, all can change, and I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
- Side of the dominant eye: “I’m happy for change, and I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
- Underneath the dominant eye: “Change is a part of every life, and I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
- Underneath the nose: “Sometimes change really stinks, but I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
- Cleft of the chin: “Change is everywhere, and I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
3. Tap on the Chest and Underarm Points
Proceed to tap on the chest and underarm acupressure points, using the palm of your hand to tap on the chest and two fingers to tap under the armpit. Repeat the following affirmations:
- Chest: “I have confidence in change, and I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
- Underarm: “Change is inevitable, and I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
4. Complete the Technique
Finally, tap on the top of your head in a circular motion around the “crown area,” repeating the affirmation:
“I am relaxing and releasing, and I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
Return to the karate chop point and tap again, using it as an anchor point to reinforce the affirmations. Repeat the following statement:
“I am locking in love of change, and I deeply and completely love and accept myself just the way I am.”
After completing the tapping sequence, take a deep breath, exhale, and relax. Ideally, you should perform the entire EFT sequence three to four times to effectively reduce the intensity of cravings or negative emotions.
The Importance of Acceptance and Flexibility in Overcoming Addictions
Resistance to change is a common human trait that can hinder our efforts to break free from addictions. Through EFT, we work on releasing this resistance and embracing change as a natural and inevitable part of life. By tapping on acupressure points while repeating powerful affirmations, we reinforce self-acceptance and foster an open-minded approach to transformation.
The Benefits of EFT for Quitting Smoking
Quitting smoking is a courageous decision that requires determination and perseverance. EFT can serve as a valuable tool in your journey to becoming a non-smoker by providing the following benefits:
- Reducing cravings: EFT can help diminish the intensity of cigarette cravings, making it easier to resist the temptation to smoke.
- Managing stress and anxiety: EFT is effective in alleviating stress and anxiety, common triggers for smoking.
- Releasing negative emotions: EFT promotes emotional healing by helping you process and release negative emotions that may be contributing to your smoking habit.
- Enhancing self-confidence: EFT affirmations strengthen your belief in your ability to quit smoking and live a healthier life.
Conclusion: Embrace EFT as a Pathway to a Smoke-Free Life
The Emotional Freedom Technique is a powerful and accessible self-help method that can assist you in overcoming smoking cravings and achieving a smoke-free life. By tapping on specific acupressure points and repeating affirmations, you can address the underlying emotions that drive your smoking habit, enhance your self-confidence, and embrace positive change.
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