This blog post is written by a guest blogger, Aldi Geyer.
Try to Google “Why does my energy get depleted?”, and almost 90% of the hits will refer you to health issues such as adrenal fatigue or thyroid problems and the like.
BUT, energy depletion is more than just our physical energy, in fact, it can be argued that physical energy issues come after, what shall we call it? Mental energy depletion? Aura energy depletion? Astral body depletion?
That’s all too hocus-pocus even for me.
Let’s call it what the Buddhists call it namely Prana. Or, Chi as it is named by the Chinese.
Simply put in our western language it is our Life Force.
Life. Force. The invisible part of us. That thing that makes us really want to BE. It is the thing that makes us get up in the morning, tackle difficult tasks, be optimistic and positive, be the best we can be. Without Life Force, there really isn’t anything else and it is the lack or blocking of Life Force that will inevitably result in physical disease.
Then you have to fix it and find a way to re-charge your Life Force batteries.
But before fixing it, you need to find the leak.
In short, anything that does not make you happy or at least content will deplete your Life Force. Too much chronic stress, the job you hate, the bad news, that leaching friend, clutter, unhealthy ‘dead’ food, chemicals, heavy metals and too little time with loved ones, quiet time, walking, laughing, wonder, learning, growth, organic food, clean air, exercising and the list goes on. All these will leak your Life Force energy.
How do you potentially fix the leaking? I have five suggestions to assist in filling up the Life Force bucket:
Grounding and Earthing
Take off your shoes and take a walk outside. Your positively charged body makes contact with the earth’s negatively charged electrons. This will assist in ridding you of all the electromagnetic pollution being bathed in constant wireless emissions and signals. The Grounding and Earthing concept has been studied by scientists across the world and it has been found to address a multitude of issues including inflammation, high cortisol levels and sleep quality, to only name a few. Grounding and Earthing will give you a bit of bump in the right direction. It’s like food for the soul.
Epsom Salt baths
Energy workers like Reiki masters and acupuncturists believe that bathing in Epsom Salt clears your aura of negative energy. An Epsom Salt bath also helps you to detoxify, relaxes your muscles and it replenishes the magnesium stores in your body. Magnesium is responsible for more than 400 processes in the body and is therefore one of the most important minerals for the human body. It is said that for every molecule of sugar you consume, you need 40 molecules of magnesium to deal with it. See how quickly your magnesium can become depleted? So rinse yourself, all over, with a warm Epsom Salt bath and for good measure, add a few drops of lavender essential oil.
This one is almost like when someone says to you to exercise. You pull up your nose in disgust because, let’s face it, de-cluttering is effort. You look at the mess, you feel overwhelmed and you close the door to it promising yourself to do it some other day.
I (the non-believer) can testify to the fact that when you look at the decluttered situation later you will feel physically lighter. It’s magic really. It is quite amazing what decluttering and organising can mean for your psychological health.
If you don’t believe me, go research the multitude of studies that were done in this area. Princeton studied the effect of people’s productivity in organised and disorganised environments and found that cluttered situations compete for our attention resulting in us not focusing as much as we can on the task at hand.
Declutter. After all, if you don’t get rid of old stuff with old energy, how can new energy and new stuff enter your space?
Tell someone to breathe and they think you mean it figuratively. I think it might be because it has become such a cliché. But that’s the thing with clichés, they contain so much of the truth that they are over used. Try a few deep breaths through your nose and out your mouth. Your body knows when it breathes deeply, it can relax and when your breathing is shallow, it must get ready to fight or flee, it is all a simple biological reality.
There are many breathing techniques out there, techniques you can use at home or at your desk, but never make the mistake of thinking that breathing is just psychobabble woo-woo. It’s not. It’s real.
You can always consider attending a short course in specialised breathing techniques with the Art of Living Foundation. It will change your life.
The Morning Pages
I am always amazed at how much the human condition works on the same principles as computers. We download and upload stuff. We delete stuff. We create and calculate stuff. We re-format, and re-program and one of the best examples of this is automatic writing, specifically the Morning Pages.
“Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages* – they are not high art. They are not even “writing.”
They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritise and synchronise the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything in writing…and then do three more pages tomorrow.
The Morning Pages is a mind dump. It is a concept that was brought to life by Julia Cameron to assist with re-awakening creativity, but in my mind, it is a life hack.
It is downloading of stuff, stupid stuff, or even important stuff, that goes round and round in your head and takes up space that could have been used to focus on other stuff…stuff that makes you happy. It is you downloading like a computer. It is making whatever is going on in your head, concrete and real by putting it in physical form that you can see. It is no longer washing around in your mind without any clear direction. It is there. For you to see and take note of. And very often, as you write about these things, whether important or not, you come up with solutions. But even if you don’t, it is taken out of you, it is decluttering of your thoughts.
To force yourself to look at things from a gratitude point of view lifts your frequency almost instantaneously. Even on the worst of bad days, there are always something you have to be grateful for and to try and look for it, is a positive activity in itself. There are going to be days that the only thing you can find to be grateful for is a roof over your head, but it’s something…it is something that many other people do not have. There are those even worse days where the only thing you have to be grateful for is the fact that you didn’t kill anyone, but it’s something. Many people weren’t so lucky if you look at the capacity of our jails.
Give into the temptation to wallow in your self-pity for a while. But only for a while. Give yourself permission to shake your fists at heaven and decry everything that is shitty, but only for five minutes and then get back to your centre and look around you and notice the stuff around you that, should it not be there one day, you would wish to have the ability to turn back time to get it back. Those are the things that make you happy to be alive.