7 Essential Energy Practices to Ensure Good Health

Essential energy practicesOur everyday work, interactions with people, thoughts, emotions, concerns and stresses, can leave us feeling drained and energetically flat. If we don’t do something to rebalance ourselves, this energy drain can impact on our mood and on the physical body in the form of aches, pains and even illness. There is so much you can do to restore and rebalance yourself. Here we suggest 7 subtle, simple and easy energy practices. You can think of these practices as a pro-active investment in your own good health.

1. Grounding
As we go about our day, the mind can be all over the place – running ahead, thinking, planning, stressing; or going over the past – analysing, regretting, blaming. In contrast, the present moment is completely free from stress. Planning and evaluating has its purpose, but life can only be lived in the present moment. Mindfulness practices enables us to get out of the mind and live life through our senses. Through grounding we bring the mind and our awareness back to the body so that we can be here, present in the moment, enjoying life as a sense-experience. An easy grounding practice (preferably done outside), is to feel your bare feet connected and rooted to the Earth. This connection in itself is very nourishing, cleansing and energising.

2. Clearing
Are you one of those people to whom others come with their stories, seeking advice or just dumping their stuff on you? Our interaction with people can be uplifting at times and at other times it can leave us feel energetically emptied or contaminated. Have you ever visited a chaotic shopping centre or made a visit to the hospital and came back home feeling drained? Emotions are contagious and naturally affect us. Equally, the laws of energy are similar to the natural laws. If you open a canal lock water will naturally flow from the higher level to the lower level until it is at the same level. Similarly, when you are buzzing with energy and then interact with someone low in energy, they may leave buzzing and you just feel empty. It’s natural to take on emotions and energy of others during your daily interactions. Just make sure you clear yourself of it again. You can clear yourself of residual gunky energy through your grounding practices, much in the way electricity is balanced by earthing it. Meditation is another way of clearing the mind, creating stillness and refreshing your energy.

3. Cleansing
In the world of energy, much can be done through visualisation and intention. When you shower or bath, you can intend that you cleanse your energy field and refresh yourself mentally, emotional and physically. In a meditative state you can visualise a cleansing light showering down on you, cleansing the body and the energy field around you. Give the gadgets a break. The electromagnetic smog they emanate, impacts on your energy levels. Spring clean your house, clean your car and declutter with intent. Your mind will feel all the clearer for it.

The inside creates the outside and the outside impacts the inside

4. Letting go
Negative thoughts and low, or fearful or angry emotions can sap your energy. The simple practice of letting go can be very healing. Releasing the thoughts and emotions through intent, can make you feel lighter. This is another purpose of meditation. Follow this Mindfulness Healing Meditation to reflect on the issues of the day, learn from them and then let them go. This way you can put the day to bed and tomorrow can be a whole new beginning, a clean slate. This is the beauty of life: everyday can be a new beginning.

‘When the mind is left without anything to cling to, it becomes still’ – Sri Ramana Maharshi

5. Cutting cords
The ancient people of Hawaii had a great understanding of energy. They believed that we carry everyone we ever connected with inside us as part of us. When we are with another person, we connect energetically through the auras. Connections are made through rapport, touch, strong emotions (even anger and upset), strong thoughts and communication (even on the phone). Such connections, they believed, is made by means of an ‘aka’ cord. Aka is the sticky substance of the aura that keeps us connected, even after parting, and that opens a flow of energy between us. If you have many such connections open, your energy can feel scattered. That means your energy is leaking; flowing out to others without a purpose. You are supplying others with your energy. If you still feel angry or upset with someone, these strong emotions keep you energetically attached. That’s why that person remains on your mind. Forgiveness restores your energy and your health and sets you free. This release can feel like a huge weight shifting as you put the past behind you peacefully.

A powerful healing meditation to cut the energy cords after you have interacted with people, is the Huna practice called Ho’oponopono. I use this fairly frequently to clear any thoughts or emotions after intense interactions, to let go of people on my mind, to cut cords and bring my energy back intact. In this way you can put the past behind you and relate to those around you afresh. Sometimes you have to say no to some of the demands people place on you, so that you can restore yourself and create balance between others’ needs and your own.

6. Refreshing
Many of the energy practices such as Yoga and Tai-Chi have the purpose of cleansing, refreshing and re-energising your energy. Walking in nature can be equally refreshing. Nature is naturally cleansing. When you walk near water or trees, you can intend that your mind clears, that thoughts wash away and that your aura is cleansed in the breeze.

7. Re-energising
There is much you can do to re-energise yourself. We get energy from the food we eat, water we drink, soaking up sunlight and exercising. One of the most effective ways of re-energising yourself is through breathing practices – another purpose of meditation.

Importance of the breath
– Breath is life. As long as we breathe we are alive!
– Breath is energy. Through breathing we generate energy.
– Breath is spirit. As we breathe in – inspire – we enliven ourselves.

Benefits of breathing
The simple practice of deep breathing is the most effective way to:
– Energise yourself
– Detoxify – 70% of toxins in the body are released through breathing
– Relax – a longer out-breath, like a sigh, relaxes the nervous system
– Slow your heart rate
– Raise your energy to higher vibrations and you feel uplifted
– Clear the mind
– Align your mind, body and soul
– Restore balance.

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Ho’oponopono – Cutting Connections

Mindfulness Healing Meditation

Chakra Balancing Meditation

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7 Ways to Boost Your Own Well-being

Spring is a good time to focus on health and well-being. Traditionally a time of spring cleaning the house and detoxing the body, it just seems natural to write about health in this month’s blog. I found inspiration in a book I re-discovered on the bookshelf whilst spring cleaning the study – “The 22 (non-negotiable) Laws of Wellness” by Greg Anderson. This book is going to stay with me a little longer I feel. I’ve drawn from this book and added a few more universal insights:

1.The Law of Personal Accountability
Sometimes we take good health for granted, assuming the body will just keep going. Other times we believe good luck or family genes determine our health. This Law of Accountability states that we are responsible, first and foremost, for our own wellness. This Law is also a Law of Choice. Our lifestyle choices regarding food, drink, habits, medication, physical activity, stress-management and leisure activity is primarily under our own control. We have considerable personal power to create the life and wellness we want, rather than just reacting to life’s events.

2. The Law of Unity
The mind, body and soul are one integrated, inseparable unit. This Law is about our wholeness. The awareness that the mind, body and soul in one integrated whole, is the principle all holistic health and healing modalities are based on. There is constant interaction between mind, body and soul. The body reads the mind all the time and simply plays out symptoms. The cause of 95% of modern day dis-ease is to be found at the level of mind and emotions. This is very self-empowering as you are in charge of your mind and emotions and this leads us into the next Law.

The part can never be well unless the whole is well – Plato

3. The Law of Emotional Choice
Our feelings are very real and this Law directs us to acknowledge our feelings, feel them and learn from them without getting stuck in them. This Law encourages us to experience the full range of emotions with awareness. Experience it, learn from it and then choose the change you want to make. Our emotions are under our control too. For example, if you feel angry or sad, you do so for a reason. If you hold onto the anger, you make yourself ill. We know this even from the instant headache it can give you. Equally, if you feel fears or anxiety, do you avoid the issue or face it? Facing the fear by taking even a small step to do something about it, is exercising choice, building confidence, restoring wellness and putting the smile in your heart again. Recently a client who failed her drivers test 5 times, came for two sessions before the next test. Her choices and actions brought her success the 6th attempt.

4. The Law of Balance
This Law permits all thing in good balance. We’ve all experienced the stress of over-extending ourselves. This Law asks us to balance others with self; action with resting; doing with being; left brain thinking with right brain creativity; business with leisure; giving with receiving, feasting with fasting; future planning with flowing in the moment. Meditation and Mindfulness practices can be real nourishing treats for the mind and soul – not a chore, but a treat. A vibrant balance between mind, body and soul makes the wellness world go around. All the Laws of Wellness clearly work together.

5. The Law of Energy
Everything is energy. Everything manifests out of nothing, the thin blue air into something tangible. That’s the Law of Creation, of Manifestation. Our every thought, word and behaviour affect our world and our overall well-being. Energy is the life force in you. Your energy levels give you vitality and vibrance. You can manage and maintain your own energy levels through recharging just like we recharge batteries. That’s what we do during Reiki treatments and other energy practices such as yoga and tai chi. Your energy field can also be cleared and cleansed from your day’s activities and interactions by getting a breath of fresh air and walking and being in the great outdoor world with its refreshing renewing nature. A clear and vibrant energy field naturally manifests as good health and well-being; perfect cause and effect. It’s the easiest investment in your own wellness, it’s free and it’s in your hands.

6. The Law of Espirit
Wellness is so much more than eating healthy and exercise regularly. The single overriding objective in wellness is creating constant personal renewal, grabbing each day as a miraculous gift and enjoying it to the full. That’s the Law of Espirit: Living life with joy. Joy is the emotion evoked by wellbeing. If life is a constant battle against weight gain, trying to keep fit, a career of duty and struggle or toxic relationships, then we have missed wellness, we have missed the joy. When we focus on difficulty, we create more difficulty. Espirit is shifting our awareness to look for the joys in the small things. We become aware of life as it is, here and now, and we celebrate it. Espirit is an intense love affair with life. It is making the most of the here and the now, enjoying what is at hand, as we go along. Joy in life is the marker by which all wellness is measured.

7. The Greatest Law
The Law of Love, unconditional love. Life is precious and the pursuit of your highest potential is the true wellness journey. What then is the ultimate goal that transcends all other goals in life? Is it health, is it wealth, wisdom, success or freedom? The greatest pursuit is the practice of the greatest Law, the Law of Love. It is a choice to love without regard to any conditions. Love can be very healing. Sometimes it implies deep forgiveness. Love is also self-love, complete self-acceptance and self-compassion. This sets us free from guilt, blame and hate. It replaces the critical voice with an encouraging, gentle, compassionate, uplifting voice. It sets us free from comparing ourselves with others and generating dissatisfaction. Love encourages us to value our own uniqueness. This law’s power extends far beyond our personal wellness and our individual lives. By our response of love we become an instrument of peace. Through love we heal and transform others and we become co-creators of a world with endless possibilities.

May we each know wellness. May the planet know wellness.

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