Finding Your Center: 4 Pointers to Aligning Your Energies
When you’re trying to improve your health and achieve a greater balance in your life, it’s easy to overlook your energy. After all, it’s something that doesn’t get discussed as often as diet or exercise. There’s a tendency for people to focus on the physical side of life even when they would benefit by taking better care of their mind and their energy. The good news is that it takes just a few simple practices to get your energy aligned and have a sense of peace, no matter how stressful your life may be. Here are four ways to align your energy.
Never discount the power of your imagination. Your thoughts often become your reality, and that’s what makes visualization such a useful tool. Visualization is a common practice among people who need to perform in high-pressure situations, such as elite athletes.
To use visualization to your advantage, you simply need to clear your mind of other thoughts and envision yourself achieving something you want. It’s important that you paint a vivid picture in your mind of yourself doing this. When you focus completely on a goal and see yourself accomplishing it, that helps you keep track of what’s important in your life.
It’s easier than ever to get overwhelmed and feel like you have a million different things running through your head. You probably spend your day receiving emails, text messages, phone calls and emails, and perhaps your to-do list is a mile long. When you feel like you’re being pulled in different directions it can leave you unbalanced and out of sync.
Meditation is the perfect practice to help you stay in the present moment instead of getting stuck in past or future worries. Although there are different types of meditations you can do, the easiest option is to just spend time clearing your head. Focus on yourself breathing in and out, and if any thoughts come to mind, let them go. Meditating is particularly useful in periods of considerable stress. It can also help to look into learning the chakra chart so you can focus your energies on the areas that need it most.
One of the reasons you may get out of alignment is because you’ve fallen into a routine. It’s easy to feel like something’s missing when you’re following the same basic pattern every day of going to work, relaxing at home and repeating ad nauseam. Self-reflection can help you fix that.
This practice is exactly what it sounds like—you’re reflecting on your life, and this can mean that you look back on your life or that you look forward to the future, or both. One good way to self-reflect is to write down some of the things you’re grateful for in life. You should also write what you would like to accomplish moving forward, as goals can keep you on the right track.
An affirmation is a positive phrase to tell yourself as encouragement. As simple as it sounds, positive self-talk can be very useful in building and maintaining a positive mindset. For an affirmation to be effective, it needs to be something that’s meaningful to you.
For example, let’s say that your goal this year is to make exercise a regular part of your life. Your affirmation for that could be “I love working out,” and you would tell yourself this before and during a workout. You don’t need to say it out loud, although you can if you want to. As you say this to yourself, it reinforces a love for exercise inside of you.
All it takes is a little focus and determination to better align your energy. Give the practices above a try, and you may find that your life is mo