By Victoria Lynn Hall
I uploaded two videos to the Amplifire Project YouTube channel yesterday of conversations I had with my friend and fellow contributor, Lorie Michaels.
I met Lorie while we were both volunteers for the Marianne Williamson campaign and I have been profoundly grateful for her presence in my life every day since then. We have collaborated on a number of projects and converse regularly.
During a recent phone call I was explaining to Lorie some of my anxiety coping mechanisms to her and she requested that we create a video so that she could share my strategies with others. I was diagnosed with anxiety shortly after September 11th, 2001 and I never expect to be cured of it, though medication has helped and I have developed several tools to help me manage it. If you are dealing with anxiety or just added stress at this time, I hope you find this conversation helpful:
In the second video, Lorie helps me with what I thought was just depression but turned out to also be anxiety, using an energy healing technique called EFT, aka Emotional Freedom Technique or “tapping”. I know it may seem a little weird but I have found it to be extremely helpful and even more effective than cognitive therapy. Of course it helps that Lorie is a gifted practitioner of EFT. It makes me feel a bit vulnerable to share what turned out to be a more personal session than I had anticipated but I’m doing so in hopes that it may help someone else who is struggling with similar issues and/or may need an alternative or addition to traditional therapy. You can follow along with my session or find several other videos on Lorie’s website: namastehealing.org/tapping-videos
If you have any tips for coping with anxiety or depression, or if you want to share your experiences, please feel free to leave a comment or submit your own video or story for consideration. You can find guidelines and instructions on our Share Your Story page.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.
I’m Lorie Michaels. I am an activist, healer, (very fast) walker, beach & outdoor fanatic, and a lover. I smile and say hello to strangers. I love hugs. I’m also an Army veteran. I’m passionate about learning and promoting amazing people and ideas.