Feeling blocked, stuck, generally flat, uninspired and maybe even a little depressed can be a overwhelming, bewildering and for those of us that are used to achieving, ticking boxes and accomplishing a lot, just downright not ok!
Sometimes we have decisions to make, we feel the circumstance we’re in is not right, but we just can’t see what the best way forward is. What are some ways to approach points of seeming impasse in life?
Here are some suggestions of things that can help lift your energy and vibration, to help you approach your circumstances in a different way:
Open the way for flow and spontaneity
I try to take myself out of my regular routine and circumstances. I clear my calendar of my ‘shoulds’ and ‘to-dos’ and my tightly planned schedule, and allow myself to be open to more flow and spontaneity to see what other opportunities and perspectives might arise for adventure during my day.
Do something fun and different – change your concept of self
I had a period of time that I decided my answer would be ‘yes’ – I opened myself to trying things that I normally would have shied away from as uncomfortable or just ‘not my thing’. Try and experience something fun, interesting or new that might open your mind and spirit to a new experience or a way of looking at things. Maybe it’s something you’ve wanted to do but never prioritised. Engaging in something fun, and perhaps even seemingly with no purpose, is a good way to allow creative expression and expansion to arise. It might be taking a class, reading a book of a genre you don’t normally explore, doodling, cooking, a walking tour. Be different. Break out of your mold and challenge your concept of yourself.
Time in nature. Defrag. Connect with the stillness and silence
The energy of nature is essential to our sense of wellbeing, health and vitality. Time spent in stillness with trees, or absorbing the negative ions by the ocean is nurturing and uplifting to the spirit. It helps us defrag from our stressful modern lives and additions to always being ‘on’ and busy. Stopping, allowing the stillness and awareness to come to the fore, can provide valuable insights. Your emotions are your guidance system trying to give you messages.
A great way to move suck energy in your system, get endorphins moving, and help you lift your spirits.
Connecting with a place of stillness or calmness and peace when the mind is silent but alert. There are so many articles now about the benefits of a meditation practice and countless apps and classes one can access to help connect more with the stillness. At the very least, just stop, sit and notice your breathing for a few minutes. Imagine breathing oxygen in from the trees, imagine gifting CO2 back to the trees. Try doubling the length of your exhalation to help slow your breath. (e.g. breathe in for the count of 3, exhale for the count of 6).
We are more than just our physical bodies. As multi-dimensional beings we have energy bodies – referred to chakras, aura and meridians in Eastern traditions. Just like the filter in your washing machine/dryer, these energy centres can become clogged with unprocessed and stuck energy and emotions. A session with a skilled energy practitioner can help shift blockages and open the way for more energy to enter your system, greater clarity and lightness.
Mantra and chant
The repetition of sacred and powerful sounds, frequently in the ancient language of Sanskrit, can transform and adjust the vibration of your energy and being. When practiced consistently over time it can affect deep and profound change, bringing calmness to the mind, improving the functioning of the nervous system and response to stress, altering our consciousness. Personally I have found this to be one of the most deeply transformational practices. There are many mantras, invoked at different times for connecting with different energies. The chant, Oṁ Gaṁ Gaṇapataye Namaḥ, invokes the qualities of energy associated with Hindu deity Gaṇesh or Gaṇesha – to clear the obstacles that might present themselves on our path. It is also the energy associated with the Mūlādhāra chakra – of stability, foundations, new ventures, and moving beyond duality, to touch on a few other aspects. I play this in my home space, and chant this at specific times when I feel I need extra assistance to move through a particular challenge. You can listen to a sample of it on the Mantra album.
Do what brings you joy
This was the advice given to me by a spiritual master in India. So simple and yet how complex we can make it. Follow the breadcrumb trail – just take the next step do things that bring you joy! You may be amazed on where all the small steps eventually lead you.
If you’d like any assistance or coaching with meditation, energy clearing or a mantra practice, then please get in touch.