Raising Our Energy

01/11/2014

quality of thoughtsWe think; it’s what we do. My intention to reside in the present moment isn’t about eliminating thoughts regarding the past or the future. It’s about staying conscious of my thoughts and noticing whether they uplift or lower my mood. Do I feel better or worse when I follow this train of thought? Am I wandering down memory lane aimlessly and finding my energy dropping? Am I speculating about an unknown future sprinkled with doubt and experiencing angst?

Let’s be aware of how our thoughts make us feel. Aimless mental meandering can land us in energy-weakening territory. Bad habits can form where we relive, over and over, a hurtful event. As we mentally recreate it, our heart rate increases and our stomach tightens. We even blush as we envision a past embarrassment. This is a very ineffectual and erroneous use of our minds. Particularly when thoughts generate emotion! Emotion gives thoughts tremendous power because it amps them up. They become magnified and attract to us more of the same. Like attracts like. Thinking positively helps us feel happy. Make this decision now: Refuse to recollect negative past experiences and refuse to imagine a worrisome future.

thank God I'm not where I used to beLet’s mindfully explore the past to observe what we’ve learned, things that worked, mistakes we grew from, and where we’re grateful to not be any more! We may need to delve into the past to heal with the help of a supportive friend, mentor or counsellor in order to feel it, move through it, and release it. Instead of evading the Now with aimless thoughts, we are consciously examining the past in order to assist healing, and are consciously visualizing a positive and vibrant future in order to help create it.

Let’s remain in the Now and embrace this moment by thinking thoughts that help us feel empowered, capable, and loved. Let’s think the highest and the best thoughts possible. Focusing on thoughts that raise your energy is a healthy habit that will change your life.

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18 responses to Raising Our Energy

  1. 

    That’s the key, isn’t it – conscious thinking for a purpose, rather than unconscious thinking where we’re lost and we don’t even know it. Eckhart Tolle says that we should be able to think when we need it, using our brain like an arm or a leg – and then stop when we don’t need it.

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      That’s a great description from Tolle! Earlier today I was meditating with a Chopra program and noting how refreshing it feels to take some time to deeply relax and stop all thoughts. Sometimes we have to turn it off! 🙂 I really appreciate your great comment.
      Namaste. Gina

  2. 

    I have been plagued by memories of a trying moment last month and only just managed to put it aside. It certainly does take a toll in your health!!

  3. 

    Well said Gina!
    Diana xo

  4. 

    Wonderful post, Gina! I always tell my yoga students at the beginning of class several things, and one of them is to be conscious and mindful of what they are doing. Another is to think of an intention, a positive word either for themselves or another, and to let that word simply manifest…whatever pops up first is what needs to be intended; and then to FEEL the word, feel how the word makes their heart respond, how the body feels and then let that wonderful feeling settle into the heart chakra to resonate through-out the class. Always a good idea to do this whenever we find ourselves focusing on something we no longer need to think about…and cancel the previous thought, and feel the positive one. To higher vibrations! Namaste!

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      What a wonderful comment Heather! I love it. And I want to remember how you’ve worded it here as I pull an Angel Card for the day, my bowlful of inspiring words to sort through and pick one when the urge pulls. To ‘let that word manifest’, to FEEL the word, notice how it makes us respond, and to let the feelings settle into us and resonate outwards. Beautiful! And I celebrate the concept of cancelling out a previous thought with a new, better one. Reminds me of Deepak Chopra’s advice when he says “If we do not like the results of a previous choice, we can always choose again.” Let’s hear it for higher vibrations! Hooray!
      Brightest blessings to you, Gina xo

  5. 

    HA! What an interesting post, and I exclaim because I was thinking about this a few days ago. A most pragmatic post about a most pragmatic topic: thoughts. Having spent most of my life escaping them (since they were so attached to strong emotions I didn’t want to feel, not knowing feeling and thoughts were NOT one and the same) life pulled the ironic card on me and blessed with a husband who Thrives (notice the capital T) on thinking…deeply…and reaping its benefits through “efficient” thinking, as you described so poetically! I loved it, thanks for this delightful post, I will read this to him tonight. Also, this reminds me (a refreshing reminder!) of Eckhart Tolle’s saying “The primary cause of unhappiness is not the situation, but your thoughts about it”.
    Thank you Gina!

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      Wow! What a wonderful and supporting comment! How delightful to have this particular post land in your lap(top) when the topic has been on your mind. I adore it when that happens. And isn’t it great when we are blessed with a mate who helps us gain balance? My husband is a very calm, grounded and Zen-like individual. His influence on me has been just what I needed… to get out of my head and become more relaxed. To just allow things to Be. I deeply appreciate the encouragement in your comment! It’s so good to see someone else who is growing into the wisdom of understanding our thoughts and feelings ARE indeed intimately, intrinsically interwoven. Life makes so much more sense once we really get that! 🙂 Big hugs of gratitude, Gina

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        Huzzah to “raising our energy” because this post has raised mine! (and my husband’s!) 🙂 I just wanted to share with you an excerpt from one of my favorite spiritual books (A new Earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose – Eckhart Tolle). I just stumbled on it today and it reminded me of your post, hope you enjoy it :
        “It is when we are trapped in incessant streams of compulsive thinking that the universe really disintegrates for us, and we lose the ability to sense the interconnectedness of all that exists.”

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          That quote is spectacular!! Thank you SO much for listening to your impulse to share it because I love it. That is great motivation for me to check out that book too. ‘Trapped in incessant streams of compulsive thinking’ Wow, what an elegant and eloquent way to describe that automatic pilot way of thinking aimlessly… and that in that unfocused place ‘we lose the ability to sense the interconnectedness of all that exists.” Thank you again. How delightful to find such inspiration right here in my Comments! Bless your shining heart. Hugs, Gina xo

  6. 

    Excellent advice! I’m working to keep my focus on kindness and energy-raising thoughts this year by visiting and commenting on a positive blog every day, while maintaining a list of my virtual travels on my own blog. I’m feeling blessed and grateful to have found Professions for PEACE today!

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      Hello Meg! Thank you very kindly for sharing such a wonderful comment here today. I did just experience a WP glitch when I popped over to your blog because I couldn’t Like or Follow and if I wanted to comment on your wonderfully inspiring posts it presented a form to email rather than how easy it is from within the WP platform. So I’ll try again later when I’ve signed off and then back on as that often clears up weird snags like that. I want to enjoy sharing Likes, Comments, and Following your writings! Warm hugs of gratitude, Gina

  7. 

    Gina, because I never had a Facebook page, I didn’t set up those buttons on my blog. The comment form does post comments directly, though; it’s not an email. Please do feel free to comment, and thank you for the kind words!

  8. 

    Another wonderful post Gina, and sorry I am only just getting to catch up on so many…. I try to catch up in batches with peoples posts… and I am so loving what you have posted in January… it seems our collective thoughts are in sync and the Universe is directing us all to raise our energy..
    We really only have the NOW in which to live.. and yet we so often waste it on worry over the past and worry over the future.. we forget to Live in the NOW… the now is a gift.. thats why they call it the Present…

    Love to you .. Sue xoxox

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      My dear Sue, I’m so glad you pointed that out because I feel the same way about catching up ‘in batches’ at your place too, and so many lovely friends. You are welcome here any time, be it with weeks or months apart as life happens, but we will come back and catch up always. Of this I have no doubt. Thank you for your truly wonderful visit and lovely support. Your comments mean so much. Warm happy loving hugs! xo Gina