Thursday, November 28, 2013

Quick Tips for A More Harmonious Family Gathering on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day usually involves getting together with one's own family. For some people, that is both good news and bad news. If it's bad news to you and you'd like to find a way to be appreciative rather than grumpy while you are with your family, here are some simple tips:

  • Using EFT, you can tap with the setup phrase of: "Even though I don't like my family, I deeply and completely love and accept myself," and tap on all the points. Don't worry if at first you feel guilty admitting you don't like your family. After tapping, you most likely will see that there are aspects of your family that you DO like after all. Then, you can choose to focus on those aspects to maintain a loving connection with your family while you are together. Even I don't like my family all the time, and after tapping using this setup phrase, I am able to realize and remember that I LOVE my family.
  • Using TAT, get in the TAT Pose and focus on whatever it is that is bothering you at that moment and put your attention on the statement: "(This issue) is bothering me now, yet I am OK, I can relax and not let it bother me anymore." (Of course, you can come up with your own statement.
  • Or, you can decide to be amused and practice "keep appreciating!"

If you are not familiar with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique by Gary Craig), you can find a brief introduction to this powerful self-healing technique on my "EFT Tapping Points" webpage.

If you haven't checked out TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique by Tapas Fleming) yet, I recommend that you visit to download their free "How to do TAT for a stressful event" booklet.

Disclaimer: This quick tip using EFT and TAT is provided by Christine Metawati as a good faith effort to expand the use of EFT and TAT in the world. It represents her ideas and do not necessarily represent those of Gary Craig or Tapas Fleming.  EFT and TAT are very powerful self-healing tools but are definitely NOT meant to replace appropriate medical treatment or mental health therapy. No guarantee of results is either stated or implied. If you use the EFT and TAT tips provided above, you are advised to take complete responsibility for your emotional and physical well-being. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of EFT, TAT or any other healing modalities. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Keep Appreciating

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was driving when I asked the Universe what will be helpful for me to focus on. I didn't really need to work on a particular issue but rather I wanted to get a sense of direction where best to put my energy. Thirty seconds later, a black car pulled in front of my car from the other lane. It had a yellow bumper sticker that said: "Keep Appreciating". I literally burst out laughing. What a simple yet wonderful, joyful, terrific message! Was it from the Universe? Well, technically, it was from the driver in front of me. Yet, as we are all messengers of the Light, the impeccable synchronicity told me that the Universe perfectly answered my question. Best of all, my heart has been full of love and gratitude for that yellow bumper sticker and everyone involved in getting it visible enough for me to read it.

I am now passing on that beautiful message: "Keep Appreciating."

On November 28th, we in the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day, a day set aside to give thanks to the Universe, God, Spirit, Mother Earth -- or whatever one would like to call this life-giving power -- for all the good and bounty received in the year.  In that spirit, I would like to give thanks to the Universe for you, my readers and clients, who come from all over the world. Your presence in the world and loving support not only strengthens my commitment to my work but also inspires me personally.

With my love and blessings to you,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Giving Thanks to Your Body

(This article was first published in November 2007 Metta Center email newsletter.)

In Taoism and Chinese Energy medicine, there is an exercise called "Inner Smile", where you smile at your inner organs.

This exercise has a very practical purpose: self-acceptance and appreciation. This simple and gentle practice is very effective in balancing your meridian system and is very nourishing to your spirit.

Here is a slightly different version of this exercise:
  • Sit or lie comfortably. Alternatively, you can even do this exercise when you are walking or in the shower. Begin by taking several deep breaths, exhaling slowly.
  • Allow yourself to recall the time someone extend a kindness to you and you can feel a sense of appreciation gently arising from within your heart-center.
  • Noticing this feeling of appreciation, you bring your attention and extend this feeling to various parts of your body.
  • Starting from the top of your head, bring your attention and appreciation to your hair, brain, ears, eyes, eyebrows, eyelashes, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, jaws, and all the supporting tissues around and in your head.
  • Next, appreciate your skin, the largest organ of your body.
  • Move your attention down to your neck, your shoulder, your arms, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, and nails. Also thank your thighs, knees, ankles, feet, toes and nails.
  • Don't forget to thank your internal organs: heart, lungs and the bronchials, stomach, small and large intestine, pancreas, spleen, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, gonads, and so on.
  • Give thanks to your central nervous system, hormonal system, skeletal and muscular system for their support.
  • In short, appreciate all your various cells, and the incredible intelligence built into you so that you can function and live.
Notice how you feel, emotionally and physically, afterward.

Many of my clients report feeling energized afterwards. Some say that they feel contented, appreciated and loved in a very deep level. Some clients report healing on their physical issues. Many notice a reduction in their stress level and an increase in their ability to stay centered.

Your body is a vehicle for your spirit. Spend some time recognizing it as a marvelous and miraculous creation that it truly is!