I’ve been thinking a lot about energy balance lately. It’s definitely the focus of my life right now, and I’m making it my Birthday Resolution for 2015. The thing that has really brought this up for me is being in a situation I find really draining, but that I can’t leave right now. I started searching for ways to feel better when I’m not in the thick of it, which happens to make me feel better when I am.
I have been walking to and from work, which gives me time to let my body get used to the idea of being there, and to unwind a bit on the way home, so that when I get here I can make choices that will make me feel good. I have been selecting my Most Important Things, which helps me to focus on what is, well, the most important thing each day. I try to choose 3 and they may include chores, always include my sadhana, and something else that is pleasant. I have to recharge with positive, affirming, joyful activities. Sometimes that does mean I lie in bed and watch Supernatural! Sometimes it means going on a konmari binge and getting rid of things that no longer serve me, keeping only things that spark joy. Sometimes it means snuggling Devo, or going swimming, writing a letter, or painting! Last weekend, I took myself on a solo hike to the top of a (small) mountain, where I sat and meditated/soaked up the sun, listened to nature, enjoyed the breeze and tuned in to my inner voice. I got some Vitamin D and some insights into life and happiness…but that’s a tale for another time.
I suppose this is what is meant by self-care. I have spent a lot of time trying to determine what that means to me, and this is helping me to get there. Instead of focusing on the negative or draining things in my life, I concentrate on the things that bring me joy and make me feel energized. For the past week, I’ve been doing these things in the evening or even throughout the day, but I would like to have more time in the morning to start my day off with an important thing, or even setting the things for the the day. Right now, I set those things the night before, or when I get to work, or as I’m brushing my teeth, but I’d like to be more intentional about it. Other than my sadhana (my practice, which involves at least 7 minutes of vinyasa yoga, 7 minutes of study and 7 minutes of another practice, which for me generally means meditation or doing a Tarot reading), my most important things are choices. In the midst of a truly exhausting and unhappy situation that takes up half my waking hours, I am choosing toward love, light and life. I am choosing to stay as positive as possible. That requires a lot of energy, but this kind of energy is regenerative. If like breeds like, I want my efforts at joy and harmony to create joy and harmony.
In the meantime, I definitely need more nature walks in my life.
Do you have any daily practices that help you recharge?