Our Energy Crisis

By Chris Chittenden

"The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”

… Aristotle

This month, I would like to invite you to think about energy. Not the energy you have to pay for through your electricity bill but your energy.

In the ontological approach we talk about your ways of being and how it sets up your predispositions in life. Simply put, our physical state predisposes our mood state which in turn predisposes our emotional responses which predisposes our thinking patterns and actions. A key aspect of our physical state is our energy levels and these have an enormous impact on how we experience life.

Here is a simple example. Think of a time when you had very low energy, say at the end of a busy day. As a result you are feeling tired and irritable. You come home to be greeted by a family member who wants to tell you all about their day but all you want to do is sit yourself down and watch some TV. You find yourself snapping at others and their response simply creates more irritation. Sound familiar?

It may be stating the bleeding obvious but our energy levels play a huge role in our experience of life and our relationships with others. So how much time do you spend reflecting on your energy levels and, more importantly, making sure you have enough energy to experience life as you wish? If you are like most people, the answer would be "not much".

When people are confronted with the importance they place on their energy levels, they will roll out the usual excuses. "Too busy" pretty sums it all up. Yet we pay a big price of we don't keep our energy levels up. We get sick, our relationships suffer. We suffer.

It is a trusim in the world of those who care for others that you can't look after others for very long if you don't look after yourself. The difference we make in the world is dependent on our daily capacity to engage with the world. This means we need energy.

How we can maintain our energy levels is not new to anyone. Eat well, sleep well, exercise well. We all know these things, yet how many of us do them?

Here is an invitation to you. For one week, keep a track of your energy levels three times a day - morning, noon and evening. See how they shift? Think about what you could do with more energy during the day. Think about how your experience of life might change if you had more energy and then think about what you might do to get it!

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© 2016 Chris Chittenden