Yoga for the Mind: Energy which nourishes

How to transform energies into nourishing ones

Exploring Energy - Week 9

Under the light of awareness, the energy of irritation can be transformed into an energy which nourishes.  Thich Nhat Han

In our 'Yoga for the mind' opening sequence this week we look at lifting our awareness to the next level where - in a first step - we start to recognize what kind of energy is actually present and prevalent, and how it affects us.

If it all feels pleasant, it probably is all good and we can just bathe in the nourishing effects. If it's not pleasant for whatever reasons and causes irritation or confusion or worse, we can start taking steps to transform what we found. To do so can be very powerful and elating and can create a shift from victim mode into empowerment every time we take charge to do so. This has nothing to do though with fighting against something we don't like, rather we act like it is described in the serenity prayer: "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference."

If we let joy be our guide throughout the day and make sure we enjoy what we are doing - either by making different choices then usual or by doing things differently, or, if there is no way around something we don't like, by deciding to simply accept how it currently is instead of fighting against it, it will have a transformative effect for our whole life. Making one of these choices will ensure our day becomes a nourishing experience. We will start to enjoy our life in a whole new way - step by step, decision by decision, day by day, because we have decided to make a conscious choice which serves us well, which nourishes us. We are in charge and refuse to become a victim of circumstances - instead, we make an empowering choice to transform the situation. This is a way of doing what Thich Nhat Hanh suggests when he says "Under the light of awareness, the energy of irritation can be transformed into an energy which nourishes."

What if we are too irritated or confused to practice proper awareness or transform anything? The answer is: Rest & Relax! This is most important to bring ourselves back into balance. Breathing in relaxation, breathing out tension - realize that nothing is under control anyways and nothing lasts, everything changes - also our troubles and worries.

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.  Serenity Prayer

Mandy Hale says: "Relax. Don't worry. Let every moment be what it's going to be. What's meant to be will come your way, what's not will fall away." And a Chinese proverb puts it this way: "Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."

Some unknown sources add: "Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do today, let it be enough. - When some things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for the many things that are going right. - And remember: The time to relax is when you don't have time for it". "Taking time out for yourself is being productive and healthy. It is a requirement for a balanced life." Rest & relax - it is the easiest way to transform energies into nourishing ones by doing nothing!

 

 

 

 

 

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