This article was written in response to the following question that I asked myself:
"Why am I feeling like this?"
The reason you are feeling "down" is that you are not following your inner truth.
When you don't feel like doing something, it is much better for you to do what you really feel like doing. This will serve you much better and keep your energy at a high level, instead of letting it drain because you are going against your flow. I know you understand this.
When you do something with a negative attitude or in a negative (resentful) frame of mind, you will get the same kind of results on an energy level. As you sow, so shall you reap.
Learn to listen to and heed the small voice within, or to the feeling in your being. When you sense that you really don't feel like doing something... stop and ask yourself what you really would like to do at this time. Then if at all possible... do that which your heart truly desires. Don't let your mind or ego dictate what you are to do.
And if you can't avoid this thing you have to do, then change the attitude with which you do it.
Follow the quiet promptings of your heart. The heart knows best. Have you not been told this before?
Make the time to fulfill your heart's desires. Usually these are not such big things that are impossible to do. Sometimes it is simply to go outside and smell the roses... The saying does go "Don't go through life so fast you forget to smell the roses..."
Did you take time to enjoy nature today? Or were you too busy rushing here and rushing there not noticing anything outside of yourself?
Did you stop to chat with a friend?
Did you take some time to admire the beautiful perfection of the blue sky, or the shape of the clouds?
And how about admiring the beauty in the people around you and the beauty that you are?
Another reason you do not feel at your utmost level of energy is the food you eat... You need to keep "alive energy" in your cells and to do so must put in food which is also alive. Processed food and sugared foods will deplete your energy rather than enhance it. Vibrancy can only be fed by vibrancy. Aliveness by aliveness. Energy with energy.
Slow down and take the time to prepare your food lovingly, or have someone else prepare it lovingly, and then stop and feed your body lovingly.
Take the time to sit down and eat and enjoy your food instead of standing and eating 'on the go'. Your body carries you around throughout the day. It deserves to be treated with respect and love. It deserves some gratitude and appreciation for the work it is doing. It deserves a chance to replenish its energy.
You sometimes only look at the dark side of your being... yes there is a pimple on your forehead... or your hair is having a bad day... so what! Did you notice the healthy glow to your cheeks... or the beautiful smile, or the vibrant and healthy mane of hair?
Please! Stop and make time to love yourself. Be kind to yourself.
Take time to do things for yourself. Enjoy your own presence.
Take time to tune in to your heart and follow its guidance.
Don't override the voice that speaks within, or that inner sense of the path to take. This inner guidance is there to serve you, to provide you with happiness and a sense of inner peace at all times. When you override its feelings, it's like hanging up the phone on a friend in the middle of a sentence. You would never do that would you?
Don't hang up on your loving heart, your inner guidance. Its only desire is to help you attain that state of perfect happiness and inner peace that you so desire.
Stop and pay attention. Look around you.
And pay attention to the messages that come to you from the myriad of directions and methods that your inner spirit uses to communicate with you. You are loved!
A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
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Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.
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