Just about any skill that you want to learn to do takes regular practice. We understand that and don’t question it. For our emotional health, it’s the same way. Even small practices that are done routinely over a long period of time add up and give us a good outcome–the outcome we are hoping for.
What does it mean to get into the routine of a practice? It means doing that routine on a regular basis, ideally at the same time every day, and sticking to it, no matter what the resistance or distractions or whatever else comes up to get us off track. We make the commitment because we get the results we desire. It is a way of fighting against complacency, against habitual old and outdated emotions, attitudes and beliefs, and old behaviors that do not serve us in the long run.
There are lots of practices you can find to do that are of great benefit and that will improve your life. Meditation is one, of course, but one of the best, and sadly, probably passed over too frequently, is getting into a Tapping practice, a regular routine of tapping. Anytime you perform a round of tapping will be of benefit, but it is best if you use tapping on a consistent basis. Unfortunately, like so many things that are good for us, when we are not in the habit of doing them, when an emergency occurs and the practice is needed the most, we forget about using it. We just don’t think of it.
Of course it’s a good idea to tap whenever a situation arises, but it is even better to set your intention and make it something you do regularly. A daily practice is best, and more frequently when you are ill. You decide what time of day is most convenient for you. Some people prefer early in the morning; for others, in the evening or just before bed works best. You also decide how long the duration should be for you. It is best to choose a time and duration that will be easy to keep up with on a continual basis, so you can succeed with your intention.
A good plan is to set up a chart showing the days of the week that you are committed to your practice. Again, daily is best for the most progress, but choose whatever is realistic for you. Check off each session after completing it. If you fail to do this, you can end up skipping several days before you even realize you’ve fallen off the program. Seeing those empty boxes not checked off will serve as your reminder to stay with it.
There can still be resistance, even if you have your intention set, you love the idea, and you are fully aware of the benefits. Even the most ardent tappers still succumb to occasional missed sessions because they didn’t have the time or forgot or couldn’t think of what to tap on. It is crucial when this happens not to go beating yourself up!
Understand that the part that has failed to keep up with the practice is the part that needs the most love and support. Some part of you may be harboring feelings of unworthiness or wanting to punish yourself by not doing the nurturing thing. Tapping is a way to give self-love. By tapping, we are giving care and nurturing to ourselves, tending to our emotional health and well-being, and honoring ourselves. At these times, instead of judging yourself, bring the message of love.
What is it we all want? To feel loved and accepted, to know we are loving and accepting individuals. We all seek happiness, fulfillment and peace. By committing to a regular practice of tapping, you will bring to yourself that continuous stream of acceptance and love. The deep, profoundly transformative healing that your soul yearns for will be yours.