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I recently did a weight loss class for a group of elementary school teachers in which I taught them EFT. The next week, one of them reported to us on how she had been using tapping with her kindergartners. Each morning the children have a sharing circle to start their day, and their teacher helps them focus on good thoughts and positive feelings. Now she is incorporating a simple version of tapping.
In their sharing circle, the teacher tells the children, "Let's tell your body to have a peaceful day." Then she has them tap on the Karate Chop spot and say three times, "I'm going to have a peaceful day."
Then she tells them, "Let's tell your mind to have a peaceful day." She has them tap on the Top of Head and say three times, "I'm going to have a peaceful day."
The teacher told me she is not sure the whole tapping procedure would be an easy sell to parents or administrators, so she prefers to keep it simple. The version she has created is easy to blend into their morning ritual. She thinks it is releasing stress and helping the kids get a good start to the day. And now they are all familiar with tapping so that if she needs to calm a child, she can say, "let's tap again to get rid of that anger so you can have a peaceful day." Then she can guide the upset child in some tapping.
One of the wonderful features of EFT is its flexibility. I often tell people that EFT can be woven seamlessly into whatever approach we already have and that it will simply enhance whatever we are already doing. This teacher seems to have a very gentle and supportive approach in her kindergarten class. It is beautiful to see how she found a way to creatively bring in some EFT, and how this daily dose of tapping is supporting their classroom goal of everyone being able to have a peaceful day.
Betty Moore-Hafter, www.CreativeEFT.com, is an EFT International Accredited Certified EFT Master Trainer of Trainers and Advanced Practitioner offering EFT Level 1-2 and Level 3 Trainings several times a year. She also offers a special EFT mentoring and support program for EFT International EFT certification at www.EmotionalFreedomMastery.com. Betty does EFT sessions by phone and by Skype, as well as in person at her Burlington, Vermont office. You can find out more on both websites and pick up free gifts on each site.
From the EFTfree Archives, which are now a part of EFT International International.
Originally published on December 26, 2009.