What’s your energy doing – Part 2

Centre and Ground

Arghh! The day has started and your walking from room to room aimlessly trying to get your act together while your mind is in a haze. You’re losing track of time and can’t find your keys, desperately needing to walk out the door. What’s going on?

Well, that’s not a good start to your morning and you can only imagine how the rest of your day pans out at this rate. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have the routine of de-cording myself from others and others from me daily. The second part to my method of madness is, I centre and ground my energy.

By centring yourself, you bring all your energy back so it’s nice and snug within you. You might ask yourself what difference does this makes to going about your day, BUT it makes a huge difference! It helps align your energy so it’s more organised. Instead of feeling scattered and fragmented, it’s allows you to pause and come back to a centred place. It activates your mind so you can think straight. That hazy mind simply dissipates and a gentle clarity begins in your mind. You’re able to focus and systematically work out what needs to be done and in which priority. So instead of feeling like a kite blowing in the sky, you’re back here in your body.

Once you’ve brought back all your energy into your body, the next step is to ground or earth yourself, meaning to ground your energy. By grounding, you create an anchor into the earth. Our energy is similar to an electrical current and electricians will always ground or earth electricity as a way to work it. It allows to you be more solid in your body which generates our ability to take action, strong deliberate action. Accompany this with being clear minded prior to taking action, well you can see where I’m going with this.

A clear mind with focused attention creates a clear path. Add intended action to this and you’re going to accomplish a lot more with less energy spent. We all have deadlines and a schedule to work with and by simply centring and grounding your energy at different times throughout the day, you’re moving away from stress and chaos. You’re more present for yourself and those around you and the best part is, your energy isn’t like a raging storm.

As I share this method with my clients, I explain no one likes to be around or work with a ‘stress head’. This chaotic energy has a ripple effect on those around them (here is where I will de-cord again).  It’s not somebody else’s job to manage your energy just because they’re around you. We’re responsible for our own energy and how it impacts on our self as well as others.

I encourage clients to try this exercise daily for a week and to notice the difference in themselves and how others react to them. It’s really easy and can shift a heavy mood into a more even keeled state – that’s the magic of working with your own energy.

Let’s practice these steps right now:

Grab a pen and paper so you can write down how you feel afterwards (this helps to anchor these feelings within you).

We’re going to use our imagination to work with our energy.

To CENTRE

  • Just take a few slow, deep, deliberate breaths inhaling, holding and exhaling
  • On your second breath in, imagine you’re pulling all your energy back into your body – like tucking yourself into bed
  • Take a few more slow, deep, deliberate breaths and let your energy settle back into your body

To GROUND

  • Each time you exhale, gently push your energy into the ground and imagine a huge anchor dropping into the earth
  • Now when you breathe in, imagine your energy mingling with the earth’s energy grid, like stirring milk into your coffee
  • The earth’s energy is like the foundation of the house. Keeps everything that’s built on top of it strong and steady.
  • If want to be to take it a step further, wait to feel a different energy current move up your body from soles of your feet – that’s the earth’s energy coming through

So don’t let your excuse for always being late or cramming too many things in your day by keeping your head be in the clouds, there’s a time and place for that. Change your habit (yes, it’s only a habit) to being more focused with the ability to take clear and decisive action by practising a couple of steps every day.

 

Part 2 of a three part series.
Part 1: http://simonnelee.com/whats-energy-part-1/

 

What’s your energy doing – Part 1

De-cording

Like most people in morning, I’ll get up and get ready for the day. I’ll check my hair, what I’m wearing and makeup – tick! However, there are a couple of extra things that I do before I start and end my day. I check in with my energy to see and feel how it’s doing.

We underestimate how our and other peoples’ energy impacts us throughout the day. Just because you can’t necessarily see or physically touch energy, doesn’t mean it’s not affecting our thoughts, emotions or sensations in the body.

Have you ever considered the energy around a person that always has some sort of drama? What about a person who appears to be angry all the time? Then there’s the person that who is so nice but always ends up with the short straw – what’s happening with their energy?

When we casually think, mention or even chat with a person, we’re plugging into their energy. It also happens when they think, mention or chat with us, they’re plugging into our energy. If you want a visual image, think of a massive power board with lots of plugs attached to it. This is what we’re carrying with us all the time unawares. They may be on sleep mode but that energy current is still switched on.

By being constantly connected, we can be running with their thoughts and feelings as our own. We can begin to lose a sense of clarity about ourselves, meaning our thoughts and emotions. It’s automatic for us to connect and plug-in. It’s how we bond with others consciously and unconsciously. At times by doing this, we can begin to unravel.

Sometimes you may feel grumpy and irritated for no reason, you might even feel sad out of the blue. Nothing seems to be wrong except you can’t shake this feeling or thought that keeps coming and repeating itself. What you may find is, that it’s not your feeling or even your thought. It’s someone that you may be carrying (you’ve either corded yourself to them or them to you) without realizing, energetically.

Many clients share with me that they feel pulled in so many directions. They feel heavy and overloaded for no particular reason. Their sense of self seems to have diminished and it gets more challenging to make decisions or even trust them selves.

I encourage my clients to de-cord or unplug each day. It’s really simple and just uses your imagination and focus. Try it for three days and just notice what’s different in your thoughts and feelings.

Let’s get started:

Remember the old style of vacuum cleaners with a retractable cord? You just pressed a button and it finds it’s spot back home into the socket. That’s the image I want you to use.

You may want a paper and pen to jot down a few notes.

  1. Sitting down take a few slow breaths into the belly.
  2. Press your LEFT KNEE and imagine all your retractable cords coming back home to you.
    1. Using your breath to slowly bring them back and finding the perfect spot back in you.
  3. Let it settle and take a couple more breaths.
    1. Notice how you feel and what your thoughts are doing.
  4. Press your RIGHT KNEE and imagine all cords attached to you, simply fall off and drift away from you (don’t concern yourself about who’s cords or issues that’s connected to you).
    1. Again it’s all done with your breath. Breathing is what moves energy around us.
  5. Now take a few more breaths and notice what’s different again.

It’s such a simple practice and teaches us how to get into a mindful state for a few minutes every time. It’s a beautiful way to start and end your day.

Part 1 of a three part series

Part 2: http://simonnelee.com/whats-energy-part-2/

Why are some dogs so scared & jumpy on windy days?

I was asked this question recently by a lovely client….

Dogs (like most animals) are able to perceive weather changes. They can sense the changes in the electrostatic field – the air.
We all know what it’s like for our hair or clothing to become static. There’s the little shocks we receive when we rub against it. It will startle and stop you for a moment.
If you can imagine, a dog has a greater and higher frequency range of hearing, as well as being a barometer to weather changes. They’re sensing the wind and if you combine this with thunder or even lightening – we’ve got once confused pooch.
If wind can ruffle a human’s feather and get us all grumpy and ungrounded, imagine what it can do to your dog! They become a carrier for an electrical current through their body. The stronger the current, the more short shocks that run through their body. That would definitely make me quite jumpy too.
What to do:
The more grounded we are in our body and self, the more this energy will move directly to our beloved canines helping to ground (earth) their energy and not be swept up in the air’s electric charges. Just ask any electrician, they always earth or ground any electrical current.
One way to earth yourself and remove static energy from your body is to rub your feet on the ground. Then if you want to ground your pet – place your hand on their body and imagine breathing your energy through your hand into them.
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Mindful May Challenge #10

Well done!

It’s the final day of our challenge and let’s make it a daily ritual of our life. It doesn’t matter whether you do 2 minutes or up 60 minutes or more. It’s a practice of getting into a mindful state that impacts on your day. More than that, it changes your relationship with yourself AND others around you.

Keep it guys!

1. Get into your breath cycle (centred)
5 MINUTES

2. Let your mind focus on it’s thoughts and observe
a. Slow, deliberate breathing
3 MINUTES

3. Bring your attention to your emotions and observe
a. Keeping the breath soft
3 MINUTES

4. Becoming aware of the sensations in your body and simply observe
a. Connecting the breath to the sensations
3 MINUTES

5. Moving your breath to the soles of your feet
3 MINUTES

Mindful May Challenge #9

Being mindful isn’t about having to do. It’s about being and observing. Practicing different methods to move us into being present means you have a toolbox at your fingertips.

The more the mind, the heart and the body experiences these states, more connected you are throughout your day.

1. Get into your breath cycle (centred)
4 MINUTES

2. Bring your awareness to the position you’re in
a. Observe if your body feels comfortable
b. If it feels supported
c. Shift slightly to become more aligned and supported
2-3 MINUTES

3. Let your mind begin to observe the fabric/material beneath you
a. Observe the sensations against your skin
b. The temperature, warm, cool, hot, breezy
c. The texture, softness, space
d. The space between your skin and fabric
2-3 MINUTES

4. Shift your focus to your scalp and hair on your head
a. Observe the weight of your hair against your head
b. Bring your attention to the hair follicles

5. Imagine breathing into each hair follicle
a. The breath enters the hair follicle
b. The exhalation release from the hair follicle

6. Imagine with each exhale, each hair follicle begins to soften, begins to relax
2-3 MINUTES

7. Come back to your breath cycle
2 MINUTES

8. Write down your observations
a. How do you feel now?

Mindful May Challenge #8

This is a simple and beautiful connection between our heart, body and mind with a gentle healing for each aspect as one.

1. Get into your breath cycle (this is your centre point)
a. 3-4 MINUTES

2. Gently start pushing the breath down your body to the souls of your feet
a. As you exhale, begin humming
b. 2 MINUTES

3. Bring your awareness back to your heart space and gently breathe
a. As you exhale, softly sigh
b. 2 MINUTES

4. Slowly move your attention to the middle of your forehead
a. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth – the start of the hollow part
b. 2 MINUTES

5. Release your tongue and let yourself feel as if you’re floating or hovering in your body
a. Breathe
b. 2 MINUTES

6. Write down what you noticed
a. How do you feel now?

Mindful May Challenge #7

Having an open connection between the heart, body and mind is the first step to having them support each other.

1. Get into your breath cycle (this is your centre point)
a. 2-3 MINUTES

2. Bring your focus to the middle of your forehead (third eye chakra) and breathe
a. 1-2 MINUTES

3. Bring your focus to your heart space (heart chakra) and breath
a. 1-2 MINUTES

4. Bring your focus to just above your navel (core star)
a. 1-2 MINUTES

5. We have our thoughts, our feelings and sensations all online and connecting.

6. Observe how they mingle and interact
a. Do they connect?
b. Are they independent of each other?
c. Is it comfortable?
d. Is it uncomfortable?
i. Notice which one is uncomfortable
e. 4 MINUTES

7. Write down your observations
a. How do you feel?

Mindful May Challenge #6

Our powerful mind or is it your monkey mind?
Observing our thoughts starts a whole new practice of becoming aware our unconscious thoughts bring them into conscious thoughts.

Now that’s powerful.

1. Get into your breath cycle (this instantly CENTRES you)
a. 2 MINUTES

2. Bring your attention to your third eye chakra, in the middle of your forehead
a. Imagine breathing in and out of this spot
b. 2 MINUTES

3. Allow your mind to move through its thoughts
a. Go anywhere it wants
b. As fast as it wants
c. To as many things as it wants

4. Keeping your breath slow and deliberate
a. 1 MINUTE

5. Now let your mind observe your thoughts
a. Just like reading
b. What do you notice
c. Are your thoughts fast, create a story, jump from here to there? 2-3 MINUTES

6. Keeping any emotions and sensations that may pop up at bay.
a. Our focus is entirely on just watching our thoughts
b. If you can, imagine you are observing someone else’s thoughts. 2-3 MINTUES

7. Write down your observations
a. How do you feel?

Mindful May Challenge #5

We all know that emotional rollercoaster but we don’t have to wait till we’re about to drop to acknowledge them. Connecting and observing our emotions is a way to de-clutter from what’s yours, what’s not and what doesn’t support you anymore.
Pen and paper
1. Get into your breath cycle (this instantly CENTRES you)
a. 2 MINUTES
2. Bring your focus to your heart area and just breathe gently 1 MINUTE
3. Let your mind bring its attention to your heart area and observe the flutters of feelings and emotions emerging
a. Having the mind in observation is similar to observing a movie on the big screen
b. Letting feelings and emotions move and flow without jumping into them 2 MINUTES
4. If you feel yourself stepping into being emotional:
a. Imagine taking 3-5 steps backwards
b. Let the mind notice the emotions instead of you feeling immersed 2 MINUTES
5. Be interested in what you see with curiosity
6. Write down what you observed with your emotions
a. How do you feel now?

Mindful May Challenge #4

Mindful May Challenge #4

Opening up our awareness to our body’s messages is simply observing the sensations within it. The body is ALWAYS talking to us but are we listening?

Pen and paper

1. Find that comfortable place where we begin to bring our attention on our breath

2. Start your breathing
a. Breathing in for FIVE
b. Gently holding for FIVE
c. Slowly releasing for FIVE
d. Do a minimum of four x breath cycles
1 -2 MINUTES

3. Finding your own rhythmic breath
a. Observe all the sensations in your body
b. Move your hand to where you feel this sensation and breathe into the palm of your hand
c. Ask your mind to describe it
Tight, light, pulsing
If could describe it as a colour, what would it be?
Breathe into this space
How does it feel now?
1-2 MINUTES

4. Notice if there are any other sensations in the body and place your hand on it
a. Ask your mind the same questions as above
1-2 MINUTES

5. Repeat Step Three, 1-2 more times

6. Write down what you observe for each area in the body
How do you feel now?