Our Energy Speaks to Us
Recently I had a quick trip to Omaha with a friend and we wanted to make a stop at Costco to pick up a few things. Knowing we had a lot of fun things to do before the day was done, I made a mental note to protect my energy from being over stimulated and “zapped” at the big warehouse store where I often leave feeling depleted. I didn’t want my energy robbed so we made it short and intentional. I knew how to manage the experience in a way that would work for me and still have energy for the rest of my day.
Listening and paying attention to our energy can be guidance in what is best for us as we learn how to be better stewards of our mind, body and soul. If we walk into a place and we lose our energy, it is a great clue. Perhaps shopping in big places isn’t the best for us. Leave or make a mental note and see if this occurs regularly. Or maybe it isn’t where we are shopping but the company we keep. Maybe we lose energy when we are with certain people, or when we eat certain foods, or listen to certain music. Our energy speaks to us. Becoming aware of our energy level in all areas of our lives can be a first step in tuning into listening to what is best for us.
My favorite beacon is when bringing in new ideas and finding the high energy level of excitement coming in with those ideas. When you are thinking about a new idea and you find energy around it and get excited and start to feel energized, this may be a sign that you are on track with your wisdom within. On the other hand, if you are brain storming and in your “head” you have a great idea but your energy for the idea just isn’t’ there, this may be a red flag that the idea may be good, but probably isn’t a good idea for you. Touching upon the wisdom within you brings energy or a lightness about it. If you are aware, you can access information that can help you decide how to proceed. As you learn to listen within, maybe you don’t feel excitement, but it feels lighter, less burdensome. With that information, you may decide it is a “yes” within, for you.
If all of this is foreign to you and you really hadn’t thought about listening to your energy as a barometer towards hearing what is best for you, begin to practice now. Start by paying attention and bringing your awareness to your energy level in all matters. Your internal barometer is the right barometer. “You” know “you” best. You just have to learn to listen to you. You might start by turning off the electronics and sitting quickly with yourself as a way to tune in to the energy within. This is meditation. Sitting quietly with yourself and listening or just clearing your mind. Or sitting quietly and focusing on your breath. You might begin to develop the practice of mindfulness. All of these suggestions fall into the practice of mindfulness.
As you become aware, listen more and take steps towards anchoring that you are listening, your internal voice will become louder and much more a part of your everyday guidance. Through those steps your days and your life will be easier as you quickly decipher which path you want to travel, whether it is a simple choice of making a stop at Costco, or a serious life-turning decision of a job change. Whatever comes your way, you will be in touch with your own internal knowing which makes life a process you can manage by being centered in your own knowing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
- Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.
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