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By Shane Young | February 6, 2014 |
Is it a possibility that most of us are running on empty or completely on credit? I’m not speaking about a monetary bank account – I’m speaking to our internal energy bank account, our vitality or chi.
If we have dreams of becoming leaner, stronger, faster etc… Could it also be possible that these ideas will be more difficult to reach unless we have an internal bank full of reserve energy?
Lastly, is it possible that we may also need to address the underlying mental and emotional blockages that are unconsciously draining our vitality from “behind the curtain”?
In my experience these are all possibilities, and I have found them to ring true often. In my first offering to the CHEK community, I thought it would be helpful to offer ways I personally cultivate energy, and pull the metaphoric curtain back to look within my psyche.
Below are guidelines to using healing exercises for both energy cultivation and connecting with deeper rooted mental, emotional blockages. These are only guidelines based on my personal experience, please feel free to use whatever works well for you. Choose any of the below or make up your own as part of your daily practice.
An energy cultivation exercise is any movement that is done using your calm, slow, deep breath as a guideline for movement pace (inhale with extension, exhale with flexion). Your tongue/mouth will stay moist, not dry, and your heart rate will not increase. My favorite guideline is imagine you just over-ate at a Thanksgiving dinner. The pace of movement would be one that you innately feel would promote digestion, not inhibit it. The zone exercises at the end of Terrence Thomas’s post last week are great examples of energy cultivation exercises.
Once you’ve selected your exercise, here are seven tips to maximize the energy and healing you’ll receive from the movement:
These can be done anytime – when you are stressed, they can be used to decrease stress, when you are low on energy they can be used to energize you, your innate wisdom will give you exactly what you need in any given moment.
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