Last week I spoke about how to deal with anxiety while also practicing presence.
Today I want to speak about a topic that not everyone grows up learning about: our energy body.
What is our energy body?
The easiest way to explain the energy body is to give you an example. Have you ever walked into a room / met someone and "feel" something either wonderful or strange? That's your energy body talking to you. It's a felt "sense".
Why is our energy body important?
We are made of energy. As such, we are constantly receiving and sending energetic messages throughout our day. The messages we send out and receive are a result of many factors such as: our thoughts, our emotions, our physical health. On a particular day if we are feeling tired and stressed, we may be sending out this energy to others. Especially if we are not mindful and doing our inner work not only will we send this energy out, at these times we are even more prone to absorb the energy of others. Yes, a perfect shi* storm if you will. And that's why I am writing this!!! To help you. And selfishly to help me because I feel it :) Since many of us are unaware of our energy body, we don't know what to do to keep it functioning well.
How does the energy body relate to anxiety?
Since we are made of energy, often when we feel something, like "anxiety", our mind becomes engaged in the story. Meaning, the mind searches for why we feel anxious. We usually want a way out of the "bad" feeling so the mind tries to come up with a solution. The mind loves finding solutions! Unfortunately, in the search for a solution we become addicted to these thoughts, of why and of story, and it has the opposite effect on us. Instead of clearing the anxiety (or quite frankly whatever energy it is - we love to label everything and sometimes it's simply the energy of excitement), we end up giving the energy more attention. Remember, whatever we give attention to grows!
To make matters even more interesting, did you know that sometimes, it's not even "our" anxiety we are experiencing? Especially those of use who are sensitive, often we absorb other peoples energy, thinking it is our own. When this happens, and we think it is "our" energy, we end up creating such suffering for ourselves because we get lost in the addicted thoughts.
What to do?
Learn ways to manage your energy body on a consistent basis. Read about it. Take a class. Seek out people you trust who know about the energy body. Remember, even someone who practices "energy healing" can be adding to your anxiety if they aren't diligent about clearing their own energy.
Be open to modalities we offer here such as Reiki or Shamanic Energy healing.
Forward looking -- in the Fall I will be offering more classes on how to effectively manage your energy body.
Blessings and love,
Anxiety & The Present by Stephanie
Does being in the present moment help with anxiety?
This is a question I often receive from people who are struggling with anxiety and at the same time trying to live a life of presence (a.k.a. being in the here and now).
Many have shared that practicing presence does not seem to help with
anxiety and wonder if they are doing something wrong?
My response comes from personal experience dealing with anxiety while trying to
live a life of presence.
I break it down into these 3 steps, and usually in this order:
1. Practice Acceptance
Here I find myself... experiencing the energy of anxiety. It’s energy and it will pass.
Anxiety isn’t who I am. Exhale.
2. Love Myself
Extension of above where I release mental judgment and holding on so tight to the
current emotional experience.
If possible, I will physically shake my body for 3 minutes to release the energy.
Something else I do is pull up an inspiring photo, quote, etc. Basically I do the next
“best” thing to shift the energy / emotional state. Exhale.
3. Turn It Over to God
So this one is new to me. Usually after I go through steps 1 and 2 above,
I arrive here, exhausted. May take several passes (moments/hours/days) through
steps 1 and 2. Once I arrive here, a surrendered state really, the peace of letting
go returns. Ahh.
The storm has passed for now and I return to a peaceful emotional state which
supports a clear mental state.
With a clear mental state, the next right "action" emerges.
Of course my “ego” intention is to arrive at step 3 first!! And yet... we are human,
we resist, we forget that it does not have to be so hard. And the practice continues
dear friends. Exhale.
You / we are not alone in feeling anxious. May these words help you feel at ease.
Blessings to all of you,
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