by Cindy VanDyke
When our conversations revolve around negativity, worry, complaints, judgement, and illness all the time, the energy in and around us starts to become stagnant and draining. We all know that person we like to be with because they are fun, make us feel good, have a good sense of humour or just listen without judgement. Now everyone has a time and a need to share their pain and worries, but to dwell on this aspect of life constantly with no reprieve will drain your energy. We need to monitor our conversations to keep our emotions uplifted.
Speaking of uplifted, that brings us to our next tool.
Have you ever wondered why you feel so good when you step outside after a rainfall? You breathe in nice and deep automatically and you also feel lighter. That is because negative ions are in the air. These ions are created by moving water particles that cause a biochemical reaction inside your body to produce serotonin, a feel-good hormone made by our bodies and sent to the brain. As a result, we feel more energized. Other ways that we can replicate this feeling is by taking a shower, walking near a moving river or waterfall, or walking on a beach. Any one of these delightful experiences will automatically make you feel better.
Which now brings us to our next tool.
Aromatherapy & Smells
We have an olfactory nerve that goes to our brain and our nervous system, and this nerve responds to smells and different scents. If we need to feel energized, the best scent is peppermint. There is peppermint hand soap, peppermint tea, peppermint candles, peppermint air fresheners, and peppermint essential oils. Citrus is another milder scent to keep you energized. Another tool is the smell or scent of rosemary or basil, both of which can bring one clarity. That said, having a nice rosemary plant in the house or a potpourri of rosemary somewhere close by is always a good idea.
Now that we have talked about the nervous system, I would like to introduce you to meridians.
Meridians & Acupuncture
These are the pathways that our energy flows through. We have many, but there are twelve main ones: six on the left and six on the right. Our energy often gets blocked in our body due to stress, illness, bad posture, inactivity, and unhealthy habits.
Along with the tools I’ve already mentioned, acupuncture is one of the main techniques used to keep the flow of energy moving. Some people may be weary of acupuncture, but there is another type of similar treatment called acupressure, or shiatsu, that is done by either a massage or shiatsu therapist where they use their thumbs to place pressure along the meridians in the body. This treatment is good for you as the meridians innervate every organ in your body.
Once we have all this energy, it will bring clarity, and we want to use it in a positive way. We need clarity for balance and the choices and decisions we make. Hopefully, after reading this article, you now have the tools to keep a flow of energy and clarity in your body, mind, and spirit so you can make a positive impact on your life and the lives around you.
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