Don't we all wish to have more energy, more life and more good experiences? But as we get older, we may find that we seem to be experiencing less and less energy. But it really doesn't have to be so.
I am always asked this question, how do you manage to keep up and have so much energy -- doing so much, and doing what you do? Let me share my little secret with you,
I have lived by this simple formula for decades now. This magic formula has helped me to have more energy, handle many things at one time, and given me more life despite everything.
FORMULA FOR LIFE: Life-Giving Activities > Life-Sucking Activities
Now, putting it into practice means you need to know what things in your life are life-giving, and what are life-sucking. You have 24 hours each day to make sure that you tilt the balance towards life-giving stuff.
Here's a simple list of things that are life-giving to give you an idea: meditation, healthy whole foods, deep breathing, walks in nature, playtime, reading, relaxing, massage, working on your purpose, exercising, lots and lots of water, dietary supplements, be with positive people, dreamwork, gardening, positive conversation, positive self-talk, smiles, working with a therapist, study and etc.
Here's a list of things that are life-sucking: complaining, gossiping, sugar-laden chocolate cake, too much alcohol, late nights, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, not drinking water, processed food, drifting in life, negative self-talk, mindless TV watching/gaming, anger, being around toxic people, reading trashy content, popping medical pills unnecessarily, not breathing properly, bad posture and etc.
I think you have an idea of what I mean just by looking at the above two paragraphs. Now, I am not saying that it is not OK to indulge in that chocolate cake. What I am saying is that you need to practice mindfulness so that you are tilting the balance towards more positive things in your 24-hour day. So if you want to eat that chocolate cake, make sure you also exercise and drink lots and lots of water on the same day!
If you spend 8 hours being with negative people constantly complaining and gossiping with them, guess how many hours you need to work on meditating, positive self-talk and working on your mindset? Yup! It is self-explanatory. So the goal for each and every day is to make sure you have more life-giving activities.
Day by day you will 'build a reserve' so to speak, of more energy, more life and more good. Learn to say no to things and people, learn to keep clearer boundaries with others and learn to know when to switch off.
If you don't want life to suck, stop giving too much of your time and energy to sucky people, places, things and activities. By focusing on things that energise you and give you life, you will have a greater ability to see love, feel love, experience light and be the light!
First published in 2018, edited in 2022 ©2022 Shamala Tan
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Shamala Tan is an author, spiritual entrepreneur and healer. Her work focuses on transforming the lives of others on the spiritual, emotional, mental and earthly levels.
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