Ask that question of a thousand people and the vast majority will likely respond with their occupation or job. I am a parent, teacher, lawyer or a whatever-I-do-to-earn-money-and-fill-my-day. Yet this is not who we are. We are not what we do. Think about that for a moment; while it sounds simple, do you really know who you are when extricated from the identity a profession, role or achievement provides? Can you tell me what you are without naming what it is that you do? The most accurate answer to that question is actually the same for each of us. The truest response is the same for you, me, your doctor, your mail carrier as well as each person with whom we share this gorgeous planet.
We are energy. The parts of us we can see and feel, as well as those we cannot, are pure energy. We may visualize a storehouse of energy in our body much like a gas tank contains the fuel for a car. On some level of consciousness, we check in with our energy supply regularly, acknowledging when we are powered up or running dangerously low. We know it is true since we innately speak about our energy regularly. We refer to our energy and it’s place in our bodies when we say phrases like:
A conversation with her depletes my energy.
Being in his company boosts my energy.
My job drains my energy.
A workout energizes me!
Energy drinks are wildly popular. Coffee houses abound, and why? People are looking for ways to feel energized and alive. We spend our days unconsciously either draining or feeding our energy. Every single thing we experience daily is either crediting or debiting our energetic accounts. Our energy is fed or depleted by the foods we use for nourishment, the books we read, jobs we hold and the things we surround ourselves with. Our sleep patterns, the company we keep, our thoughts and the music we allow to fill our ears also impact our energy. It is important to realize that even the colors of the room we spend time in can affect our energy!
So rather than spending our days depleting our energetic reserve and then trying to figure out how to restore it, how about looking at where we are leaking in the first place. Shift this understanding about your energy for a moment, from being stored IN your body, to your energy actually BEING your body.
You receive energetic input all day long. Pay attention to the hints your physical self is sending you. Becoming conscious of your energy can positively change your life, improve your life and even save your life. Trust the messages your energy system gives you and act on the input you receive. Your health and spirit require you to advocate for yourself as well as hold firm to your personal standards. Don’t compromise on those things. If you feel that you have made choices that have compromised your energy, you can begin right now to reverse the process.
SPIRITUAL ENERGY BOOSTS
Be the Word Police: The words we allow to fill our head do find a home in our bodies. The child who hears he is wonderful from teachers, parents and friends is uplifted and energized. The child that hears he is lazy and selfish will own that too. This truth also applies to adults, so be vigilant about the words you allow in your life both written, spoken and sung.
Be Vigilant with the Basics: Pay attention to the quality of your food, water and air.
Rest Matters: Monitor and adjust your ratio of activity to rest. Being unbalanced in this area could have you racing towards an empty spiritual fuel tank.
Identify the energetic drains on your system. We mistakenly label many of these drains as being non-negotiable, but we discard our personal power when we take on that perspective. Words like obligation, duty, should and responsibility come to mind when we think that something is a certainty and not up for discussion. Surely we have obligations to others but none are greater than our obligation to nurture our spirit.
Respond to energetic drains with self-love: Advocating for yourself in this way can reduce and even eliminate the drain felt by you. For example this may take the form of your learning to say “no,” “yes” or “I need help.” If that which drains you, such as the care of an ailing parent, cannot be alleviated, consider how to create a circle of support for yourself and ask for help.
Insist on Values-Based Living: Do that which is aligned with your values. Compromising on these things regularly will hemmorage your precious energy. Honoring your values in even the smallest of things creates a bionic boost.
Create! Every single one of us is creative. Whether you create a fabulous dinner, a blockbuster novel, design a vegetable garden that would make Farmer McGregor jealous, or write a poem for a loved one; creation is like caffeine for the spirit.
Fun: It is true what is said about all work and no play. When is the last time you had a lot of fun? Can you schedule another positive surge today? Just looking forward to a fun-filled event boosts your energy before the good-time even arrives!
Meditation/Quiet: Exercise without music, walk the dog without earbuds, turn off the TV before bed, or drive in silence on the way to work. It is in the quiet, that our highest and most pure guidance is filtered to us.
We have many responsibilities in life, but that includes our spiritual responsibility to act in alignment with our soul. Certainly we may disappoint some close to us when we make choices fully aligned with our spirits, but that is part of self-advocacy and reaching spiritual adulthood.
Each of us is linked to the entire universe. This includes all of humankind, the animal kingdom and all of nature even beyond what the eye sees. Your energy, as well as your physical and spiritual well being, affects everyone and everything you share the planet with. You are part of the collective consciousness that is humanity. Your high-vibration life benefits all of us.
Rena Reese, MS is an author, founder of Soul Salon International and instructor at The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, Md. In her latest book, The Soul Salon, readers enjoy what would equate to a year of personal life coaching as they learn about the path to awakening & bliss, living in alignment and enjoying a life of purpose. For more information about her books or speaking, please visit www.SoulSalonInternational.com.