I like to think of life energy as coming in
three different levels or “flavors:”
At the base, we have physical energy in the body, then comes mental energy, and finally, at the least dense, most etheric level, spiritual energy.
I know this is obvious to anyone who is spiritually conscious, but knowing something and integrating it fully in your life are two different things. So try to step beyond what you know and notice how much you really let yourself have in your life. With each of the three areas, ask yourself what you can do to bring in even more energy, and notice what you get as an answer!
I’ve noticed that when I neglect one part of this body-mind-spirit triad, life gets hard, pretty fast. Nurture all three, and there is balance, less stress, more energy, and much more creative power.
Let’s start with physical energy. As my chiropractor tells me, bodies were meant to move. If you sit for long periods of time, like I’ve been doing at the computer lately, your body will begin to complain, and you could find yourself more tired than you are when you move your feet.*
Another component of physical energy is nutrition (see Great Foods for Energy and Mental Focus, below). The simplest way to do this is to start paying attention to how you feel when you eat different foods. Ask yourself what foods you can eat for more energy, and think beyond the usual suspects like coffee and tea!
Energy of the Mind
Mental energy is influenced by physical factors like nutrition, exercise, and sleep quality, but we can also influence it by how we choose to think about events in our lives, through meditation, spiritual practice, and other stress-reducing activities. Try asking intuitive questions that focus on the results you want to achieve, and being willing to swim through a
little overwhelm as your mind establishes new pathways to navigate change.
Your Energy as Spirit
Spiritual energy transcends the physical in the sense that it isn’t dependant on things like food or exercise, but spiritual energy can fuel us in profound ways — when we let it. And often, we don’t. A good place to start here is remembering that your spirit is YOU.
You see, I’ve noticed that most people, even spiritually conscious ones, refer to soul as “my spirit” or “my higher self,“ or “my soul,” as if it were something we HAVE instead of who we ARE. But you ARE the spirit, living in and operating a physical body, not the other way around.
Yes, I know it’s a picky difference in semantics, but how we think about this spirit-body connection makes all the difference in how we think about ourselves, and how much of our own spiritual energy we allow in our lives.
When we feel small and alone, that’s when we unconsciously cut ourselves off from the flow, from Source and from who we ARE. How much more powerful and energized we are when we see ourselves as connected!
A simple, western-style meditation that’s easy for anyone to learn. I’ll show you how to meditate in a simple, easy way that makes sense for busy people. This class mixes audio and video, and it gives you some powerful tools to bring in more balance and spiritual energy into your life. It’s also a great refresher if you’ve taken a teleclass with me on this subject, and will help you integrate meditation more fully in your life if you know it but don’t DO it!! Try it today!
Great Foods for Energy and Mental Focus
- Water — Did you know that one of the common symptoms of dehydration is feeling tired? I confess, this is one I haven’t paid much attention to!
- Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel have omega-3 fatty acids, one of the primary building blocks of brain tissue. They also contain higher levels of vitamin D. If you’re extra motivated, cod-liver oil also contains both of these vital nutrients!
- Peppermint tea helps to improve concentration and focus.
- Blueberries are great for longterm memory because they are packed with antioxidants.
- Ground flaxseed is a great source of ALA (alphalinoleic acid) that gives the cerebral cortex (the area that processes sensory information) a boost.
- Complex carbohydrates that have more staying power–like steel cut oats instead of regular oatmeal or oat-flour cereals.
- Nuts, like almonds and cashews. In addition to protein, they also contain magnesium, a vital mineral that helps to boost energy, combat stress, reduce muscle cramps and headaches, and give you more restful sleep, among many other things.
- Sunflower seeds are a great source of B vitamins, which, among many other things, help us process and metabolize our food.
*Please keep in mind that we’re not doctors here at CreativeSpirit.com. Nothing in this post should be considered personalized health care advice. Any health care recommended here should be made only after consulting with your doctor and licensed health care advisor.
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