Stress release, letting go of fear and expanding consciousness are all facilitated through conscious energy management.
Two Practices for Stress Release
Centering and grounding energy as a key way to reduce anxiety and stress as well as a means of maintaining your energy supply. Those practices are two important ways to maintain and manage your energy as you move through your day. However, we are human and are not always going to be successful at remembering to practice such techniques.
With that in mind, here is another simple technique that you can use to help you become aware of how you are depleting your energy and recoup some of what you have lost’. This method also helps you to develop greater awareness about how you are “spending” your energy so you can shift the pattern and learn to remain energized throughout your day.
A Nighttime Practice for Stress Release
Before you drift off to sleep at night take a moment to identify where you sent your attention and intention throughout the day. (Remember energy follow intention and attention-so if you do not actually sense energy just paying attention to these areas can help you do what you need to).
What thoughts about the past or future have you been thinking about?
What worries or unresolved issues came up and high jacked your attention?
What feelings re: certain people, places or things have been preoccupying you?
What have you been fearful of, anxious about, or ruminating over?
Self Knowledge and Energy Mastery for Stress Release
These questions help to increase your awareness about where your energy has gone. They are not meant to begin a stream of self judgment about how you create your own stress! This is simply one more way to increase self knowledge and thereby gain more mastery over your mind and your energy.
The next step is to take a few moments and settle down into a relaxed state of body and mind. Once you have settled, begin to imagine that you can drink the dissipated energy back into your body with the in breath. With the exhale, feel as though you are “depositing” the energy into your body’s core. (Most people will experience their core somewhere in the center of their body and let your intuition guide you as to what feels right for you.)
It may be helpful to imagine that the energy you sent out is contained in many brightly colored streamers. Imagine that you are drinking the energy back to you just like you would drink liquid through a straw. Use whatever imagery helps put you more in touch with the feelings of this exercise. Allow your mind to be completely absorbed in the sensation of the breath letting it be flowing and easy–no striving.
Conscious Energy Management for Stress Release Both Relaxes and Energizes
You may be surprised at how simple it is to feel more relaxed and energized once you begin to be more in charge of your energy supplies! AND, if done at bedtime you may find that you sleep better!! Obviously if you find that this process energizes you too much then you may want to pick a different time of day to do it.