In case you haven’t noticed, Western Society tends to focus on the negative. The media would have us all in doomsday depression if we didn’t know better. Friends and relatives mean well, but sometimes they just can’t help themselves. People are often critical and degrading…of us, of others, and of themselves.
Scientists are aware that there is a positive energy flowing through the Universe. It is this positive energy that creates life, protects life, and causes evolution and growth. This positive energy force is what causes our hearts to keep pulsing. It seems this positive energy must be much more powerful than negative energy, to sustain life. It is simply a matter of which energy we choose to connect with. And each moment of our lives is an opportunity for choosing one or the other.
There are many things one can do to create and sustain the feeling of positive energy. Contrary to the old hard wired theory that the human brain is fixed from birth, the studies of neuroscience have revealed that our minds are reshaped through repeated experiences and thought. The most important thing one can do then, to have more energy, is train their minds to focus on the positivity, mainly these three aspects:
Acceptance of what is, the way things are, the way we are, and the way others are is the basic state of mind to begin to unleash our positive energy. Tara Brach, a psychologist, and instructor of mindfulness practice, counsel’s students to harness an active “yes” through something she calls radical acceptance. “Our basic nature is loving awareness, but we forget…” Brach says. “We disconnect; we perceive separation, and along with that illusion comes most of our suffering.”
“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you have chosen it. Always work with it, not against it…This will miraculously transform your whole life…Eckhart Tolle
An excellent means of plugging into positive energy is to begin with self-acceptance. When people are compassionate with themselves, they automatically feel better and feeling better leads to more energy. When you accept yourself (with all your baggage) you will be able to connect with your true spirit, which is the source of energy.
Gratitude is another powerful mind focus. Focusing on gratitude enhances the positive connection. Something people often say, “Count your blessings,” is a very powerful statement.
“Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed…Maya Angelo
Daniel Goleman, the author of Emotional Intelligence, discovered that the components of energy are mostly present in presence. The most energetic people he found were “lively and engaged, extremely present, involved in the moment, often funny, yet profoundly at peace even in disturbing situations.” He also said, “You always feel better than before you’d spent time with them, and this feeling lasted.” One of the words used to describe this magnetic state of Sukha, meaning “a sense of completeness, contentment, delight, calm, and abiding joy regardless of external circumstances. Sukha is selfless in nature and connected to a greater purpose – which is why it increases through service to others.
Connection involves three components; connecting with self, connecting with others who give and receive positive energy, and connecting by serving others.
After spending time with the Dalai Lama, San Francisco psychologist Paul Ekman detected four characteristics common to people with this type of energy:
· Palpable goodness
· Selflessness (lack of concern with status, fame, and ego)
· Compassion & nurturing
Traditional cultures recognize that spending time with individuals who radiate this quality is nourishing in itself. In the Hindu custom known as Darshan (presence), people “tune in to someone who is already in that magnificent internal space.”
“It wasn’t luck or culture or genes that created this qualitative difference. These people have re-sculpted their brains through practice,” states Ekman.
Creating Conscious Change Exercise:
You can ‘re-sculpt’ your own brain through relaxation, meditation, and or with prayer. Positive energy lives deep inside each of us. We need regular, consistent ‘mental exercise’ in order to bring it forth. It’s amazing that people report only spending five to ten minutes in deep, relaxed, concentrated focus can give them the same energy as if they had taken a two-hour nap.
Take some time to practice and experience this state each day – it will give you positive results.