by Cindy VanDyke
Breathing isn’t the only technique used to increase our energy. I’ll outline some other tools that will help create and maintain the flow of energy through your body and mind.
When our conversations revolve around negativity, worry, complaints, judgement, and illness all the time, whether speaking it or listening to it, the energy in and around us becomes stagnant and draining.
We all know that person we like to be with because they are fun or make us feel good or have a good sense of humour or they 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. They are created by moving water and they cause a bio-chemical reaction in our body to produce serotonin, which is a feel-good hormone the body makes and sends to the brain. As a result, we feel more energized and clearer. Another way we get this is by walking on a beach, near a moving river or waterfall, and the easiest one is by taking a shower. After any of these delightful experiences we all 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 energy or to feel energized, the best scent is peppermint. There is peppermint hand soap, peppermint tea, peppermint candles, peppermint air fresheners, or peppermint essential oils in a diffuser. Citrus is another milder scent to keep you energized. Another tool is the smell or scent of rosemary or basil, both of which bring us clarity. A nice rosemary plant in the house or a potpourri of rosemary and basil somewhere close by.
Now that we have introduced 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 leery of acupuncture, so there is a treatment called acupressure, or shiatsu, that is done either by a massage therapist or a shiatsu therapist using the thumb 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. 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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