Everyday we are given a set amount of energy and we are given free will around how we choose to use it. Very often we think about what we do as the main way we spend our energy, but I’m noticing that the thoughts I entertain have a greater effect on my energy resources than the actions I take during the day. In fact, if I can remain spacious in my head, I have a whole lot more energy for taking loving action.
I’ve been taught to view my energy as a battery. There are only a few ways to increase our energy: sleep, food, and meditation. There are a myriad of ways to spend our energy both positive and negative, conscious and unconscious. The goal is to become more and more aware of our battery and the things we do that increase and decrease our energy.
Ideally, we awake each day with a full battery and we fall asleep each night with a battery at 0%. The use of stimulants, depressants, processed food, and electronics all affect the functioning of our battery. We can make conscious choices about what we put in our bodies and we can be conscious around our “energy leaks”.
For me, my “energy leaks” occur when I use my allotted energy or power on things that are out of my control or not mine to do. I’m learning that it is up to me to “hold my power” and utilize my allotted energy on what is my “next right thing to do”. I read somewhere, “no one can steal your peace, you can only give it away”.
So what I’m finding is that my mental chatter depletes my battery faster than anything else. When I spend my time not focused on what I’m doing and instead focused on an imagined reality in my head, I’m exhausted. I find that I spend way more energy imagining how a situation will turn out than the actual amount of energy it takes to live that situation.
I find that when I focus on where I am in the moment and do what is clearly mine to do, I get so much more completed and I’m filled with gratitude. I find that at the end of a mindful, spirit-led day I fall fast asleep with a depleted battery and a sense of fullness. When I allow my battery to be drained by stress and worry, I fall into a place of scarcity and there is never enough and the thought of recharging my battery though sleep or meditation seems impossible.
May we trust that there is always enough when we do what is ours to do with presence and peace of mind. May we “let it be” and trust all is well. May we choose Love over fear.
“Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life”. -Naguib Mahfouz