In a conversation with friends, we discussed our level and flow of energy. Does it decrease with age, or does it fluctuate based on our attitude? The lively conversation had some saying that self-care helped raise their energy. Others commented that even though they were doing what they loved, exercising, and eating well, their energy had diminished over time. Neither of those choices felt right for me. I wondered if it had something to do with what we tell ourselves. What is the key to our energy level?
My grandmother encouraged me from the age of seven to talk to myself like a guest in my house, “Be kind and patient. Listen to yourself and trust your intuition.” Remembering her words, calm returns and energy elevates.
When I bypass self-doubt, energy soars. Self-doubt is a depressant that feeds on energy and starves creativity. Yesterday I attended a sound healing session. At the end of the session the facilitator played a crystal didgeridoo asking us to see its vibration clearing out whatever no longer served us. I thought of self-doubt. As he played, tears welled up, and I sensed a shift. My energy increased and a lightness permeated my body. At the end of the day, I’d written a new piece for my book that had been neglected for six months, I created a meditation, a post, and checked off several things on my to-do list. By ten-thirty that evening I relaxed in the satisfaction of renewed creativity and a sense of accomplishment. A cup of herbal tea and my pillow provided restful sleep.
Einstein said energy is constant, it doesn’t diminish. I choose to change the channel and follow my grandmother’s advice and listen to my intuition with kindness and patience. If Self-doubt returns, I’ll be quicker to recognize her and adjust the dial to self-compassion. And I will start each day in appreciation of all that I am.
As the new year begins, what voice will you listen to?
Photo: Christine Harris
Carol Lynn Featherstone
As always (it seems) your words are loving reminders I needed.