Not just any energy but a positive energy like a PAWSITIVE energy with a little help from a furry friend! (Spotted a car generated by a new kind of energy at a parking lot.)
Whenever you feel depleted:
1. Get in touch with nature and get out of your head. Need not be out in the wilderness camping at a mountain top (though that would be nice!) – if you can’t get to a beach, forest, mountaintop – try walking barefoot maybe just back yard lawns, parks … find a sanctuary of a garden – if that’s all we can get to – that will do to feel the sunshine, the fresh breeze, the rustles of the leaves in trees, smell the flowers blooming …
2. Exercise – jog, run, walk – skip – on the beach counts !
3. Okay – not all of us can get to the oceans and mountains – find a closest yoga studio and try a class that appeals to you. Try regenerative therapeutic yoga. Gentle yoga not a push yourself self flagellating workout kind of yoga where you get agitated over a pose you can’t seem to nail just right.
4. Note: gentle does not equal easy but still challenging – it means gentle enough to not cause injuries to one’s body; not punishing but Nourishing kind of practice. What does that look like -if that means sweaty hot super intense workout that allows you to relax by passing out – then – guess that works for you. Just be open to all possibilities and know there are many paths to get there. You just haven’t tried them. See about blending different practices for a “program” you can stick to.
4. Meditation to be included in #3 & #4 above. In fact, Yoga, meant to be “forceful” union of mind and body was devised/designed to curb and down-regulate the hyperactivity of young men, so that they can settle down to meditate for spiritual enlightenment … and for practical day to day – to keep their body fit, mind clear and focused and spirits UP. If you are interested in Origins or History of yoga, check out Richard Rosen and Mark Singleton. Fascinating reads. For more a daily or approachable reads, if you are a woman, those juggling several roles, highly recommend “Living Your Yoga” by Judith H. Lasater:) More scholarly reads – by Georg Feuerstein … readable like Srivatsa Ramaswami … Basically what’s applicable TODAY to optimize our health today… Gary Kraftsow’s books on therapeutics and … there’s so much.
5. Make the time for above which magically creates more time you thought you didn’t have. Really. Time expands when you rest and relax more because … you are less tired, and therefore have more ENERGY and things get done more efficiently. Less time wasted just feeling like there’s no time – signs of stress.
6. Challenge yourself to do or learn something new.
7. If there is that “time” – volunteer to help someone, some group, some organization to make a little, at a micro-minuscule-tiny level a difference. That can start from those closest to you – a family and then … beyond. Do a nice deed for another human being without seeking any recognition or return. How does that feel to have no agenda – to be just kind – how does that feel? You are not trying to get something out of another, you are not networking, marketing, trying to impress, trying to gain an advantage … What would that look like? What if you just wanted to make another person feel better?
Seems easy but sometimes not – it’s not the I am better than you attitude as honestly that’s so easy to detect. It’s hard to serve with humility. I volunteered the other day and I said after the experience – I can never be Mother Teresa – yep, that’s why there’s only one Mother Teresa – but we can do just a tiny little bit, right?
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