Energy is a precious thing. It is not just what propels us in our activities, providing the stamina needed to function in everyday life. Energy is everything! Literally! It is everything! What does this mean to you and your life?
Do we seek to soar, like the blue butterfly, toward the light? Do we want to experience the bliss of knowing Divine Light and Love? Do we want to just plain be happier in our lives? If so, then we must become acutely aware of the energy in ourselves and in everything around us. We will learn that we feel different — better– when that energy feels pure and clear. Do you ever think about your own thoughts and actions and how they are affecting your energy (positive or negative) at that moment?
One way to understand this better is to look at the yama , called, in Sanskrit, brahmacharya,. As you may recall, we have been exploring some of the guidelines laid out as the yamas in one of the most important books on yoga called The Yoga Sutras. Endeavoring to follow these guidelines can lead us to living a happier, lighter and healthier life. Conserving our energy through non-excess and through viewing all of life as sacred keeps our energy pure and powerful. Brahmacharya means “walking with God.”
LESSON THIRTY THREE
BRAHMACHARYA — PURE IN ENERGY
While this yama has often been described as indicating self-imposed celibacy and monastic living, it is far more complex than this. It was thought that retaining sexual energy would allow for greater energy in spiritual seeking, and this is likely true. But we live in an era different from that when it was quite usual for those on the spiritual path, (mostly males at the time and residing in India) to join monasteries for all of or portions of their adulthood. It is not my purpose in writing to delve deeply into the subject of energy on only this level. Suffice it to say that non-excess is of value in whatever we pursue. Yet there are profound lessons to be learned beyond this.
Every thought and act is a movement of energy. What choices do you make, every day, to keep your own energy pure and loving and to avoid excess?
Just recently, someone suggested a new television series, praising the acting and writing. I watched part of one episode. The characters were cruel, insensitive, and distasteful. The story line was dark and rife with violence, abuse, and double-dealing. It was, in short, repugnant to me. Why would I want to spend any time watching a program with this kind of energy?
Here are some ways to observe how you use your energy:
- Do you deplete your energy in pursuits that are negative — like gossiping or listening to music that is caustic or viewing films that glorify ego and destructive behavior or reading stories (even the news) that are unceasingly unsettling?
- When observing mistreatment of others, do you join in? Do you bully just to be accepted?
- Do you sometimes find that you over-do — in eating, exercising, drinking, fulfilling your “bucket list?”
- If you can choose activities in your free time that feel good — like taking a walk in the woods or sitting and meditating or cooking a lovingly prepared nutritious meal or calling a sick friend — do you think about how fulfilling and boosting it will be to your own well-being?
- Trust your own truth. You will know, on some level, if what you are doing or thinking is depleting or diminishing your energy. Go with what enhances love and light.
These are simple ideas, but we often are paying no attention. We just operate by rote. “Oh, I always watch that news show or TV series.” Stop! Pay attention! What you are doing is having an affect — on you and on everything around you.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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