YouTube, EFT/Tapping, and PhilosophersNotes

This section will always be going through transition. Some of the resources listed come from my book, New Joints and Other Mixed Blessings. I’ve adapted those from the book to make them more appropriate for this blog.


I want to mention that YouTube, in itself, can be a great tool to help find what may work for you. You can often get several examples of virtually everything on YouTube, and that can make some information more accessible. More accessible information, often presented by people like yourself, can make making decisions much easier. Many of the resources are demonstrated on

EFT or Tapping

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It is also called “tapping.” Most of the world, scientific and non-scientific, now acknowledges that we exist as whole, complex beings, rather than solely physical or emotional or spiritual. I find tapping to be an important tool for helping our inner and outer selves agree on what we want. I don’t think there’s anyone of rational age on the planet who has not, at one time or another, behaved in a way that got them just the opposite of what they wanted.

EFT is based on a combination of acupuncture and traditional psycho-therapeutic techniques. It entails tapping gently on several points on the hand, head and upper torso while engaging in some basic self-talk. These points are on lines that correspond to physical and energy flows in the body called meridians.

The process is easy and private and easy to learn. I recommend it because I find we often unknowingly sabotage our capabilities through our insecurities and fears. I find that tapping allows us to acknowledge what is going on with us and then to plow through and accomplish what we want anyway.

Both of these websites are excellent starting points for learning this technique.

These illustrations, taken from The Tapping Solution and EFT Universe, show the basic tapping points.

These are the basic tapping points.

karate chop point

karate chop point

If you’re more comfortable with books you might look into:

The EFT Manual by Gary Craig, Discovering the Power of Meridian Tapping by Patricia Carrington, or even the very thorough Emotional Freedom Technique for Dummies by Helena Fone.

The PhilosophersNotes is a link where you can find an excellent resource to help you stay balanced and motivated. Brian Johnson has condensed the most transformational Big Ideas from 200 of the greatest personal growth books of all time and put them in a six-page format, available in both PDF and mp3 format. Beautiful to look at and powerful to use, these mini-CliffsNotes™ of personal growth will inspire and empower you to live your deepest truths.

Some of that is taken from the website but it’s true! I have, and am currently, using the PhilosophersNotes almost every day to help me stay on track and to keep my head straight. (My husband has begun to recognize this as a treasure trove as well). Several of the books focus on the physical body, but every part of us is intertwined…

Watch for more to come!!

My Free Sneak Preview to”Becoming the Expert of You in Your Body”

You,  dear readers, are getting the first look at my program in a nutshell….

I say “in a nutshell,” because the program is both simple and much more complex than it looks. I will continue to address the complexities in my YoBody blog and REALLY welcome feedback – complaints and otherwise.

These are the Five Steps I use to help you do what you want to do.

Step 1- Decide what you want to do that is giving you a problem.
Identify what bothers or limits you you most often. Break larger complaints down into smaller ones. Listen to what you regret most often. We’re talking about specific activities here.

Step 2-Identify the physical obstacles.
No diagnosis is necessary. This is a conversation with yourself.
What happens when you try to do #1? Describe what works and what doesn’t work.
What have you already tried to address these obstacles?

Step 3-Suggestions & two-way feedback.
You decide where these suggestions come from.
This could be me, or someone else that makes sense to you, and hopefully has done the research to give you meaningful suggestions.
This is a discussion, of which you are a primary participant.

Step 4-Identify emotional & environmental obstacles.
Again, choose someone who you trust to have your best interests at heart.
This should be someone who can be probing, but with respect for your personal obstacles..
This is also where we decide on a support system or accountability partner.

art  courtesy of Prawny at

OK, Now what’s bothering me?

Step 5-Get feedback & referral to products & personalized programs.
You should have at least a couple of choices so you are personally invested in your personal program. This must be your choice.

Two VERY important points for success in this program are:

– Start small. Often this will be 3 minutes of your chosen activity twice a day. You should use a timer.

– Have an accountability partner who is also building a new habit, and check in with each other at least twice a week, if not daily.

I’m putting together a page of products and programs, so look for that soon.

Meanwhile, let me know which step gives you the most trouble. Also let me know what you’re working on. I love to be challenged!

Scared or proud?

I know most of you have been here..ready to start out on a new venture, feeling excited and, at the same time scared enough to freeze up  or to burn up.


Whether it’s starting a new investment or business like I am, or getting married, deciding to have a child, moving, taking that dreamed-of vacation…or starting to change some habits like self-judging, eating differently, being more active…we can at the same time be proud and scared.

Yaaay, I’m finally doing it!
OMG, what if I fail?
What if it’s not like I think it’s going to be?
What if it’s even more wonderful…and gets more so
with each telling and each memory?
Yeah, but what if I loose my investment
and end up in the poorhouse?
Oh, but I know I’ve got MAD skills! Why haven’t I used them before?
There’s NO WAY this isn’t going to be great!

And this is the same head spinning within the space of 20 seconds!

THAT’s why we need partners in this. Success is great, and failure is often just one step to success. When we have others on the path with us it’s all do-able. We are never alone unless we make ourselves so. That’s why we’re here; to be in relationship.

Dan Millman, in Body Mind Mastery, says “…when you feel like you’re going nowhere or even slipping backward, you may actually be backing up to get a running start.”

And Russell Simmons (Yeah, the black hip-hop mogul), in his wonderful book with the wonderful title Do You, tells us “The pain that’s created by avoiding hard work is actually much worse than any pain created from the actual work itself. Because if you don’t begin to work on those ideas that God has blessed you with, they will become stagnant inside of you and eventually begin to eat away at you. You might seem OK on the outside, but inside you will be ill from not getting those ideas out of your heart and into the world. Stalling leads to sickness. But taking steps, even baby steps, always leads to success.”

Wow, am I lucky to have these resources! Sharing these thoughts with you has calmed the fire running up and down my back. That’s what relationship is about.