We’ve come to the point in this blog series where we now know a little bit about energy. Everything is made of energy, and energy can change from one form to another. Because consciousness and energy are one, you have the ability to move and transform energy with your thoughts and choices.
This is especially true of the energy that composes your body and mind. You can change the energy of your body and mind from harmful or limiting to useful and healthy. Healthy energy flows; it can circulate throughout your body. When you are able to sense it, it feels light, flowing, soft and full. Unhealthy energy, on the other hand, is stagnant and sluggish. It feels dark and negative.
A healthy body and healthy thoughts create healthy energy. Converting harmful energy to healthy energy can be as simple as laughing and smiling to feel more upbeat or getting out of your seat and doing active but focused exercise. Anything that gets your energy moving or makes it clear and positive will work.
Changing your energy does not need to be difficult or take a long time. With your willpower and choice, you can switch your energy in a moment, just as you would switch on the light in a room. If you have enough focus and control over your body and mind, simply deciding to be different would be enough.
Some other simple methods for changing your energy are:
1. Practice Gratitude
Take 5 minutes to reflect on all the things for which you’re grateful. Think of the people you love, the things that sustain you, and the occasions that make you smile. Say, “Thank you,” as they come to mind.
2. Get Your Body Moving
When you’re feeling a little low on energy, get your body some fuel. Do pushups, jumping jacks, or some other heart-pumping exercise until you’re tired. More blood will circulate to all of your cells, and more energy along with it. Moving your body moves your energy, and moving energy is healthy energy.
3. Take Deep Breaths
Take several deep breaths whenever you’re stressed or depressed. Inhaling brings in fresh energy while exhaling expels stagnant energy. Concentrate on the feeling of your breathing while you do this. This kind of deep and focused breathing activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the “rest and digest” physiological response that is the opposite of stressed.
4. Find Some Funny
Watch a funny or inspirational video, even for just 1 minute. Anything that makes you feel happy makes your energy light and positive. Laughter also reduces stress hormone levels, increases your heart rate, and releases muscle tension, which gets your energy flowing.
5. Turn on a Happy Tune
Listen to upbeat and encouraging music anytime. Happy music makes positive sound vibrations that make your body and mind’s energy positive as well.
6. Lend a Hand
Give someone a helping hand whenever the opportunity arises, or seek out opportunities to volunteer your time for others’ benefit. Whether it’s spontaneous or planned, doing something beneficial for another person releases the pure, healthy energy from your heart chakra, making the energy of your entire body bright and strong.
7. Strike a Pose
Hold a yoga pose for 5 to 20 minutes for more lasting energy adjustment. Focus on your core as you do it while breathing comfortably. Many yoga poses are designed to accumulate and circulate healthy energy in your body, and your internal focus will draw energy to your core as well.
8. Stimulate Your Energy Points
Clap your hands and stomp your feet as fast as you can for one minute. Burn up your stagnant energy while stimulating important energy points in your hands and feet to bring in new energy. When you’re done, you won’t be able to help yourself; you’ll just have to smile.
9. Dance It Out
Get 10 minutes of alone time, turn on some upbeat music, then dance like nobody’s watching. Let your body move the way it wants. Get silly, get happy, and shake it out.
10. Feel Your Energy
Take 5 minutes when your mind is too busy and stop and feel your energy. Focus on your hands as you hold them in front of your chest with the palms toward each other. Inhale and separate your hands, then exhale and bring them closer together. As you concentrate on your hands, you may feel tingling, heat, stickiness, or pressure. That’s your energy! Focusing on those sensations will purify your energy, clearing your extraneous thoughts and emotions.