Sometimes when we have encountered prolonged periods of stress and challenge we can feel like our very life force has been sucked dry. There are many energy techniques that can help as we often talk about on this blog, but there are also some very simple approaches that can help to reboot your energy and make you feel like you can and want to rejoin life!
Here are suggestions to begin to spark enthusiasm in your life:
Step out into nature : what can you find today to appreciate in the natural environment? How do you feel when you experience a clear blue sky, bright sunshine, a sky filled with stars on a clear night, the smell of spring in the air, a gentle snow on Christmas eve, the beautiful silence of a sunrise?
Exercise: movement gets your blood flowing and delivers nurturing oxygen to your cells…it raises the energy and life force in your body helping to boost your mood and broaden your outlook. Choose a form of movement that suits you. Begin slowly with gentle stretches or a short walk if you haven’t been exercising. Choose something that you might enjoy or at least something that isn’t work for you. Make it as easy as possible for yourself. If you choose something hard or something you don’t enjoy, you are simply blocking your path.
Choose to feel better: imagine feeling as you wish. Imagination is a powerful tool to trigger all manner of inner physiology that affects mood, behavior and performance. If things could be different, how would they be? If you could choose to feel any way you wanted, how would you feel? Go there now, feel what it would feel like for just a short time. Focus on what it feels like to live your desire. As you focus on your desire, you can’t focus on your lack of desire and you can gradually and naturally let it go.
Find something to care about: it doesn’t have to be a person or an issue. You could begin with a plant or an animal. Caring for something outside of yourself can trigger feelings inside that you tucked away or didn’t even know you had.
Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist (1875 – 1961), said it best when he said “there can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.” Choose to let your light begin to shine by expressing your emotions. Beginning with the less than attractive ones clears the way for the lighter brighter ones to rise to the surface!
Sometimes I wonder if our fascination with some other cultures is recognition of their ability to immerse themselves wholeheartedly in life. There are cultures that have very little materially and yet they live with a wonderful simplicity‚ with joy and happy hearts. An appreciation of nature, an ability to see true beauty, good food, music and community all seem a common denominator in these groups. Apathy does not have to be a cloud that creeps into our lives and surrounds us. Apathy can be a warning sign that we have lost the way to live from our heart and breathe from our soul…and it can be the start of finding our way back to our deeper selves, our true nature where all is whole and healthy. Apathy can be the tornado that lands you in a land of magic where you find the ruby slippers that bring you home to your heart.
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