"If we can be traumatized in a second, why does it take years to heal?" Nick Ortner posed this interesting question yesterday at his session on EFT, also known as "tapping". With this strategy, the practitioner focuses on a specific issue like physical pain, procrastination or fear and rates it with a number from 1 through 10 -- 10 being the most intense.
I decided to focus in on the pain I was experiencing in my neck, much of which is related to stress. I rated the pain at a 5. Nick walked us through the exercise, instructing us to tap several times on meridians in various places across the body. As we tapped, we repeated out loud, "Even though I have this pain, I deeply and completely accept myself." We expanded on this a little further, going deeper into the cause. A few minutes later, he asked us to check in and see if we had a "shift" -- did the pain go down in number? Amazingly, my neck pain went from a 5 down to a 2!
It was a strong reminder that pain really is mind over matter in many cases. By getting to the emotion behind it, you can release and start healing. The best part is that you can do this exercise and feel results in a matter of minutes. The part of me that loves instant gratification has decided this is a practice I'll keep :)