The Renewable Resource Called Y-O-U
by Amara Rose
Life Coach, Teacher and Author
Is your future sustainable? Do you take the time and care daily to replenish your own wells—or is the renewable resource called Y-O-U running on empty?
During this high-energy season, I invite you to disembark the "Stress Express" for a train of thought that takes time not only to stop and smell the roses, but to cultivate them as well. Let's amble through the Garden of Spirit and gather a wealth of resources to renew your energy this summer.
Heart Of My Energy
H.O.M.E. is an acronym for "Heart Of My Energy," with "om" as the calm center. We come "om" by creating a plateau of peace, a home within that can't be shaken no matter what's going on externally. Think of it this way: work, regardless of the form it takes, is applied energy. Sustaining your own energy means working with yourself as a renewable resource.
Here are nine realistic rituals you can adapt to your life to help you come "om" to yourself in a more contemplative way:
Rise 'N' Rhyme: I follow an indigenous calendar, recording each day's "energy signature" in the form of an affirmation in my journal. I then sing this energy into my cells as I bounce on a mini-trampoline, morning and evening. My physical and spiritual muscles get a healthy workout, and I start and complete my day with a practice that's easy, fun, fast (I bounce for ten to fifteen minutes) and invigorating mentally and emotionally.
Tree I.D.: Get into nature at lunchtime. Trees are anchors in stillness, keeping silent council with their frenetic human brethren. Even their to-do lists are rooted in an ancient rhythm. ("Monday: 1. Photosynthesize. 2. Send stored water to branches. 3. Bud seventeen new leaves.") Emulate one. Stand tall, get quiet, be open, and listen with your whole being. Sway with the winds of change so that you bend, rather than break.
Password: One woman I know likes to blow soap bubbles to relieve stress and reconnect with her child-like wonder. When she's feeling off-center, she thinks "soap bubbles!" and allows the joy of that image to revitalize her. You can use a password anywhere. Striving to complete a task by an "impossible" deadline, juggling a personal crisis with other responsibilities...silently invoke your password, and allow yourself to come "om."
Yes To Recess: Whether it's crocheting afghans or shooting hoops, reading mystery novels or strumming your six-string, indulge in pleasurable pastimes. An hour spent in pure enjoyment is more restorative to the spirit than engaging in a practice you aren't drawn to, simply because you think it will ease stress.
Soul Food: Let workday meals become an opportunity for community. Here's a radical reframing of the old adage, "Eating us out of house and home": "Eating our way into the heart of 'om.'" Whether you're dining solo or en masse, imagine that with every bite, you are ingesting serenity, order, energy—whatever's needed in the moment. If the group is receptive, you might all join hands and express your gratitude out loud. As one mediator/minister I know suggests, "The real World Wide Web is not in cyberspace. It's in the meeting of eyes and the holding of hands." A link-up of hearts and minds creates an energy loop for all participants.
For Your Eyes Only: Did you build forts as a child, secret places only you and chosen chums would share? We all crave sacred space. Turn a corner of your workspace, bedroom or living room into an altar. A few special totems can help replenish your well when you're feeling depleted. Ideas: seashells or stones you've collected; something your child made for you; a photo of your family, pet or an inspirational teacher; a candle; fresh flowers; a goblet of water. Be creative. If you're an ardent baseball fan and you retrieved the homer that won the championship, this is some power object! It'll be radiating energy for seasons to come.
Beginner's Mind: Keep a beloved children's book in a desk drawer at work, or in your car. When the going gets tough, open at random and read a passage. Some classics that bring me "om" time and again: A Wrinkle In Time, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Little Prince, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Momo.
Funny Business: We have casual dress days, but how about costumed workdays—when it's not Halloween? Try this with your colleagues and enjoy the responses of others. Distribute Groucho glasses to everyone in your group. Or crayons and drawing pads. Celebrate staff birthdays and other milestones with gag gifts, such as a singing gorilla. Whatever brings you belly laughs is healthy, because laughter oxygenates body and brain, strengthening your "amuse" system.
Service With A Smile: The transformational times we're living in are like a closeout sale on the mind. All of our dearly entrenched beliefs and behavior patterns are becoming cosmic compost, as we seek new models of collaboration that transcend artificial competitive boundaries in favor of the collective good. One of the best ways I know to sustain ourselves and come "om" to the heart of our energy is to wholeheartedly serve another, whether with project assistance, a listening ear, or a change of attitude. The energy of the infinite flows through us when we live from generosity of spirit.
Copyright © 2000-2009 Amara Rose
Amara Rose is a metaphysical "midwife" for our global rebirth. She is the author of the eBook series, What Shines: Practical Wisdom for Unleashing Your Inner Brilliance, available from RadiancePublishing.com, and offers life purpose coaching, e-courses, playshops, talks, CDs, and an inspirational monthly newsletter, What Shines. Visit LiveYourLight.com to learn more. Contact Amara by email or phone at 800-862-0157.
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