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Energy Vampires, Eckhart, and the Ego

Right now, it's all about ENERGY!!! Lately I've been eradicating the Energy drains in my life, and I've also been increasing my energy by adding things that I know will enhance my life (eating better, exercise, and living in the moment). Springtime gives me loads of energy, too, it's the most exciting time of the year to me. I just want to leap about like a little lamb and then eat a whole bunch of Easter chocolate! What could be better to herald springtime than choccie????

On a more insightful note, for me spring is all about the shift into "rebirth" energy. I've been outside gardening and I just love to feel the sun on my bare arms, even when it's still cold. I love seeing plants coming out of the ground (and they are going to be a good surprise, as I've forgotten what bulbs I planted!). I feel hopeful and fully alive when the sun is out and the breeze is lightly warm (finally!). The spring screams out for me to take walks, appreciate the flowers, and clear out the clutter my life. It is telling me to "awaken!"

Noticing that there is clutter to clear, whether it is piles of stuff, to-do lists, or mental clutter, is the first step to shifting the "Energy Vampires" in our lives. You know, those things that "suck our energy" by the fact that we aren't doing them. Just notice them. NO JUDGEMENT HERE!!! If we start feeling like we "SHOULD" be doing stuff that we aren't doing it will only suck our energy more. I have been tackling my own Energy Vampires lately, cutting out foods that were making me sluggish, cleaning out cupboards, and filling up my recycling bins. Getting rid of piles of things really gives me a buzz...

I'm into Eckhart Tolle's books (and watched the first "A New Earth" teleclass) and I am already feeling some shifting going on. I can tell that I am judging my actions a lot less, letting myself be happy whatever I am doing, not wishing I was doing something else. I have stopped telling myself that I should be doing something other than what I am doing, which has been a long-term issue for me. So that's pretty darn big! One of the people who talked to Eckhart spoke of feeling guilty for not going to church. He told her not to judge her thoughts on the subject, just observe them and then decide what she'd do in the future. We can "do or not do" something, but let go of the guilt whatever we decide! And then decide. Otherwise the ego is going to have a field day making us feel that no matter what we do it isn't good enough.

So, those Energy Vampires have got to go! So does the notion that we should be tackling all of those undone things. I'd say to do what you can each day to clear the clutter and let the good feelings you get build the momentum to tackle more. Only focus on how good it feels to do something to free up the energy, never on how much is left to do. Imagine the flowers getting all impatient because there was a lot of earth left to push out of the way, so they didn't bother coming all the way up. We gotta bloom where we're planted, folks, and take one day at at time.

Keep reaching for the thoughts that feel better!!

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Comment by Shirah Penn on March 6, 2008 at 10:40am
I love the ideas of Energy Vampires, I have heard of Energy Sucks! Great! Don't "should" on yourself! Love Gramma Shirah
Comment by Tracey on March 5, 2008 at 10:52pm
Loved your video - great ideas and subjects to think about....letting go of "shoulds" - very interesting!!
Comment by DJ on March 5, 2008 at 8:39pm
Letting go of the "shoulds" today. Great words of wisdom. Thank you. Loved the telecast, lots of good things to think about.
Comment by Shirah Penn on March 5, 2008 at 2:55pm
Day 4 Season 2 Just came back from an amazing Japanese lunch with my friends from Global Relationship Center. We are planning two big events for professionals who work with families and children. We are getting us all together on the same page to network and assist each other in creating classes and gaining clients. I am also going to have my Women of Wonder Workshop in May. I am excited about that. I love creating events and getting people together. My RotaKids group is walking this Saturday for Juvenile Diabetes. I feel valuable! Love Gramma Shirah

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