When we talk about energy, I don’t mean how quickly you hop out of bed in the morning or whether you slump in the afternoon. What I’m talking about is your reaction to things that are going on in your life. Does spending money make you feel panicked? Does a certain relationship make your energy frantic? Does helping someone fill you will a a sense of calm or completeness? I spent hours, really years, caught up in the raging river of my thoughts. For me, they’re a trap of explanations, justifications & constructs. But my energy? It never lies. Plus, isn’t personal. You don’t need to feel guilty over having a rude thought about someone, or get frustrated that you can’t be nicer to yourself. Focusing on energy has made life a lot easier for me. I hope it’s true for you too. Tips for Clearing Blocked Energy
- Check is with your energetic space a few times an hour. I’m serious. The sooner to catch a block, the quicker you can clear it. Also, the more often you do it, the sooner it will become habit.
- When you notice your thoughts going wild over something, set a trigger to switch to observing your energy. My most useful trigger these days is a big, blue door with a giant lock on it. I simply close the door with a thud and clank the lock shut and it’s done.
- If you can, stop whatever you are doing for a few minutes. We can’t all sit in contemplative meditation for hours. Good thing we don’t have to. With practice, it only takes minutes to reset energy. And, taking those minutes while at your desk at work, in the middle of a conversation with a toxic relative or stuck in traffic when you have somewhere to be, are really the best times to create the most effective meditation you possibly can.
We all have blocks that prevent us from realizing our highest potential, and even a year-long sabbatical won’t really teach us what we need to know to keep our zen in this busy, demanding world.
We can’t reject every whiny person we meet, distance ourselves from every family drama, or stay in bed instead of facing deadlines. Honestly, if we did all that we’d be lonely and fired ;).
In the end, it’s better to practice building the world’s most agile suit of armor to engage life fully instead of sitting on the sidelines.