Youthful Energy Is Dynamic and Resilient
When your energy is fresh, renewed, and joyful, there will always be enough for anything you want to do. This is a holistic view of energy that goes far beyond the physical energy you get from food and exercise. You also need emotional and mental energy for your mind. We know that the body and mind are so deeply interrelated that it makes more sense to call it “the body-mind”.
Your body at birth was a miracle of energy being used perfectly. A newborn appears to sleep most of the time but there is enormous activity inside. In fact, up to 70% of a newborn’s energy is being used to grow the brain. Now as an adult you aren’t the same as a baby in one crucial way. You must organize your energy yourself.
This is a basic map for a holistic view of energy. The entire body-mind is involved. If you were asked the best way to increase your energy at every level, you might reply that you’d eat better, not skip breakfast, go to the gym more often, and so on. You’d be focusing on physical energy.
But in reality the people who enjoy the best energy have a secret. They are dynamically resilient. They possess the flexibility to handle anything life brings to them…physically, mentally and emotionally…and after a situation is handled they bounce back quickly.
Bouncing back quickly doesn’t come easily once we’ve reached adulthood. Whilst growing up we’ve been bombarded by experiences, propaganda, media and people who assured us that more is better, stab whoever you need to in order to achieve these goals, look young and beautiful, and the more power, the better.
Wait a minute. This doesn’t serve us. This doesn’t nurture us. This doesn’t allow us to be and do our best and be okay with who we are. Oh great. Now we have to unlearn all this. No! We get to unlearn all this because we know in our hearts that this way of thinking doesn’t serve us. It destroys us and everyone around us. Just look at our world today. Sad, huh?
The way I was able to unlearn all this bullshit was in a roundabout way. I didn’t plan it. I didn’t know it would bring me to this place where I am today. But I’m an alcoholic. I didn’t know that either. I found I couldn’t go a day without drinking, no matter how hard and how many ways I tried, I was baffled. I hated myself. I had no purpose. I would look in the mirror with my hand forming an “L” and called myself a loser. Pretty shitty, huh?
Well one day instead of coming to when my kids came home from school, I continued on in my pass-out state. I missed my shift at work. I was humiliated, guilt-ridden and full of shame. How was I going to lie myself out of this one?
I had no more energy. I was exhausted. Exhausted of years of hiding, lying and cheating in order to drink everyday. I just couldn’t do it anymore. So I called my boss at work and told her my honest to God truth (didn’t actually have a God at that time, that I knew of). She helped me get into rehab and that’s where my life as it is today began.
My life today is one of gratitude and humility. Today I get to make choices. Today I choose to not have a drink. I didn’t have that choice before getting sober and learning about the disease of alcoholism.
Today I have a purpose…to share my experience, strength and hope with anyone who enters my Dee Bubble. I get to be rigorously honest without shame or guilt. I can finally love myself for who and what I am!
I can be dynamically resilient because today I have a Higher Power of My Own Understanding who I honestly and faithfully know has my back. I can get back into my ego and selfishness, my fear-based self. But I don’t. I don’t want to be that person anymore. I don’t want to lie and be exhausted anymore.
So my resiliency comes from letting my Higher Power do the driving and knowing that everything is perfect at this moment. When shit happens, it’s for a reason. To help me. Go figure. I am to use each and every experience as a tool for learning, and growing, and being a better human being. So I bounce back and remember that my glass is half-full. I’m just along for the ride and the ride is like being on a magic carpet!
Dynamic resilience is biological at one level. For example our tissues heal from a sprained ankle or we recover from a cold virus through the dynamic nature of the healing response. But resilience as a holistic quality means that you rebound mentally and psychologically too. If you want to be a powerful person, be resilient. That’s far more important than toughness or assertiveness.
Your body-mind was designed to bounce back with dynamic energy. The key isn’t just eating a balanced whole-foods diet and getting regular physical activity. You need to boost the quality of your energy which involves getting good sleep and reducing stress.
These are the two lifestyle factors that many people neglect. Not realizing that lack of sleep and daily stress are the biggest energy drainers in modern life. They also diminish the quality of our energy making us groggy, depressed and lacking enthusiasm.
Fortunately stress and sleep issues are factors we can control through our lifestyle choices. Once you begin to actively attend to sleep and stress you build a platform for improving the quality of your energy. This happens by making positive choices everyday and minimizing negative choices. Whether it has to do with family, work, your primary relationship or how you relate to yourself.
So use your Higher Power. If you don’t have one, make one up or use mine. Have faith that something greater than yourself created the earth, this universe, this galaxy, and it wasn’t you. Remember that you have no control over people, places and things, you can just make choices. Just do your best and love yourself for that.
Hey, we’re all in this together. Each and everyone of us has “issues”. We are not alone. There is a wealth of support out there for you when you get sick and tired of being exhausted from the lying, cheating and hiding. You are only lying, cheating and hiding from yourself.
You’re going to be okay. You ARE okay. You’re YOU! with all your glory. So love yourself for the gift that you ARE!
With warmest aloha,
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