It is the beginning of the year – but you feel tired? Have you already used up the energy you built during your winter holidays? How was the beginning of the year energetically? Did you set an intention and do you ‘water it’ everyday with attention and good energy? I hope the giving and receiving is in balance 🙂
And with this newsletter I am sending you reminder to watch the use (and misuse) of your energy 🙂
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine kidneys store our energy. There are two types of energy, prenatal Jing and postnatal Jing.
Prenatal Jing ( Essence – Vital Substances)
At conception, the Prenatal Jing is passed to the foetus from the parents. Prenatal Jing (together with energy derived from the kidneys of the mother) nourishes the foetus during pregnancy. Prenatal Jing determines basic constitution, strength, and vitality. It is fixed in quantity, determined at birth: it cannot be added to, only conserved and used up more slowly. It is stored in the kidneys.
The way to conserve Prenatal Jing is by striving for balance in all life activities. Balance meaning moderation in diet, work/rest, sexual activity. Irregularity or excess in these areas wastes Prenatal Jing. Certain exercises help conserve Prenatal Jing, such as breathing exercises, Taiji (Tai Chi), and Qi Gong, meditation, and yin yoga.
Postnatal Jing (Post-Heaven Essence)
After birth, the child begins eating, drinking, and breathing independently. Its lungs, spleen and stomach then begin functioning to extract and refine qi from the food and drink it consumes and the air it breathes. Postnatal Jing is the complex of essences thus refined and extracted.
How can you check your own energy level?
By staying close to yourself, you reflect on what you eat, how you sleep, how much you move, so you look at/ feel how much energy you give and how much you receive and see if the giving and receiving is in balance.
Often we give more than we receive and over time we run out of energy. Every time you feel something is negative and challenging, it takes your energy. Every time you feel something is positive and smooth, it gives you energy. When our batteries are charged we handle life’s challenges more easily. When we run out of energy, we feel powerless and sometimes hopeless
From time to time we may buy flowers for ourselves or treat ourself with a massage but is that really taking good care of yourself? Is it listening to the needs of our body and mind?
It is a time to learn how to build up energy, a time to learn to receive and to learn to give to yourself without feeling guilty 🙂
First question: What do you do to charge your batteries?
We asked this same question to our teachers (answers below) and we have created some unique workshops to let you re-charge and manage your energy.