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Who's in Charge of Your Energy?

Who's in Charge of Your Energy?

Who’s in charge of your energy? You or everyone else?  I’m here to say it’s all you.

You can decide how your energy is spent (I have to remind myself of this often) and how it is restored. It’s a beautiful thing when that tipping point happens and you ‘get it’ that YOU are truly the only person that will take care of you.  So, you’d better start paying attention! Ha! How’s that for bold and outspoken? 

I’ve learned that each of us need to take care of ourselves because when we don’t it ends up impacting everyone around us.  Especially those that are closest to us and we care deeply about.  For instance, when I’m not getting enough sleep, or fulfilling everyone else’s needs & ignoring my own, or my thoughts are running those negative tapes, I end up with a headache & snapping at my kids and then the downward spiral happens from there.   

On the flip side if I am working on how I can take care and nourish myself, that also leads to a ripple effect--impacting everyone around me, but in a positive way!  I am more playful, I can laugh at myself and have a grounded perspective.  That grounding thing is helpful when you have everyone’s energy coming at you from all sides. Helps you to stay connected within yourself and not get pulled into everyone else’s crap!

Let All The Little Things Fall Away

Let All The Little Things Fall Away

As my 6 year old son says, “Mom, keep the little things little!” Something he learned from his fabulous first grade teacher. She works magic in that classroom. Wow, isn’t that the truth! It can be just those little things that we blow up and can get us all bound up sometimes!

It makes me think of the season of Fall, which is the energy of Metal in the Chinese Five Element Cycle, which is ‘allowing things to fall away, release’.  Sounds refreshing, doesn’t it?  A little bit lighter.  

I’ve been into mantras lately, using them to help keep my self critic at bay.  One that I use is ‘Let all the little things fall away’. It’s all about helping me keep perspective, especially when I start stressing about stuff that just really doesn’t matter.  It’s funny how easy it is to have that perspective when a loved one is suddenly ill or in trouble, which is when this little saying popped into my head earlier this year when my dad was suddenly hospitalized for a life threatening matter.  All that stuff I was just worrying about seemed to just fall away. Dad made it through! Yay! 

So back to the season of Fall and the Metal Element, which is at the end of the cycle in Chinese Medicine.