Youthful Energy Happens Today
The two words “young” and “energetic” naturally go together. The unbounded energy of children amazes and delights us. Life pours through them and this energy is happy, playful and joyous. It’s not the amount of energy that keeps us young; it’s the quality of energy.
No matter our physical age the potential for energy of our childhood exists; it is always inside us. You were designed to experience this kind of energy everyday and by paying attention to the quality of your energy you discover the secret for keeping your energy level up at the same time.
When someone tells you that you look young, it’s a compliment that rests on a biological fact. But the real reason you want to feel youthful and energetic is so that you can do all the things you want to do in life and experience everything to the fullest. To be young in mind, body and spirit begins with energy as you process it in every cell. All living things process energy in order to stay alive.
The first secret of youthful energy for life is to realize that this processing is ageless. Energy flows in and out of you constantly, undergoing the same actions of breathing, eating, digesting, and healing that make you the most complex living creature on the planet.
The energy of your life expresses itself in four areas. Physical energy is your capacity to move and work. Mental energy allows you to understand issues and solve problems. While emotional energy determines your ability to care and love others with patience, compassion, and tolerance. Spiritual energy is the unlimited source and aim of all the other expressions of energy and you connect with it through meditation and present-moment awareness.
Everyone needs energy for all the demands in life. But different types of people have different energy needs. It is normal for physical energy to be at its peak in early adulthood while mental and emotional maturity usually arrive afterward.
An exhausted, stressed teenager has a poor quality of energy and, therefore, is promoting the aging process far more than a fresh, joyful person who’s chronologically older. When the quality of your energy today is optimized you will be in a state of restful alertness that you never need to lose. This is the second secret of youthful energy.
We don’t have a finite amount of energy that runs out like a depleting bank account. Life-sustaining energy is constantly renewed. Every cell in your body depends on this because cells don’t store up food, water and air for more than around three seconds. Instead they thrive by living in the moment and trusting that abundant energy is naturally there. When we have the same attitude we maintain the unbounded energy as children.
This brings up the third secret about energy - meditation increases it. The popular belief that meditation is only a restful nap or quick way to relax misses the essential point. Meditation renews energy at the source while at the same time it adds the qualities that make energy life-enhancing - joy, creativity, freshness, and alertness.
Meditation is the technique but we also need a vision for lifelong youthful energy and that vision is wholeness. Eating a certain amount of calories will put enough fuel in your body. But what about mental energy, motivation or creativity? What about feeling young at heart and experiencing love and fulfillment? You need a source of energy for all these things in order to thrive and food isn’t enough.
Staying mindful, in the moment, that place right in front of our noses, that is where we allow that youthful energy to happen today. Not from the regrets of yesterday nor the worries of tomorrow. Those places suck the energy right out of us.
So get in touch with who you are. What you’re feeling. Not about life itself. But about who you are and how you feel about yourself. Are you pissed because life has dealt you the victim card? Are you angry because someone treated you unfairly?
You know, all things happen for a reason and there IS a reason these events happened. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to consider these life events in a negative or a positive way. Because I don’t want to live my life nor exert my energy in a negative way, I choose to be positive and see the glass half-full. Life is easier and a hell of a lot better that way.
Knowing that everything happens for a reason, reasons that are out of my control (like every person, place or thing with which I come in contact), I can be comfortable in knowing that my Higher Power, my spiritual being that has my back and is dealing me the cards I am ready to receive, is giving me lessons that will only help me as a human being. I shall learn and grow and share with others these lessons.
And with this Power Greater Than Myself I can finally realize that I have gifts. Gifts that no one else on the planet has. I don’t need to compare my gifts with yours. I don’t have to feel any less than nor better than you. We are all equal human beings. Shall we nurture and love each other or shall we destroy and hate each other?
I hope you choose to be that loving and innocent child that came into the world full of excitement, acceptance and curiosity. That inner-child is and always will be in you. Allow it to come out, don’t worry about what anyone will think or say. Just be you. Love you! Let that youthful energy happen!
With warmest aloha,
For those interested in my Art with a Message of Positivity and Optimism, please visit my website at www.DeesignsByHarris.com. Mahalo and enjoy!
From the Chopra Center Meditation
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