Hello dear friends!
As more and more people realize that we are all energetic beings, the importance of energy hygiene becomes more apparent. We are always shifting and always emitting our own unique vibration, whether or not we are aware of it, and those subtle frequencies can affect our moods, how our bodies feel, and how we appear to others. Energy is a distilled form of communication, and those messages are read and received by every cell in our bodies, as well as picked up by the other people around us. And yes, you can pick up others’ energy too! Vibration is a two-way street, and it’s often more powerful than we give it credit. While eating the right food, moving our body, and reducing stress are all extremely important to our healing, perhaps we should be paying more attention to the subtleties in our energy field? Here may lie the key to a deep and profound level of healing that we simply haven’t been accessing!
Over the years, I have noticed that my own physical challenges often presented new opportunities for spiritual and emotional growth, and I have allowed myself to be transformed by my traumas. Despite everything I have been through (or maybe because of it), I am more aware, engaged, and open-hearted than ever before, and I now understand the importance of energy when it comes to repairing and preventing damage on all levels- body, mind, and spirit. It has taken practice to get to this point, and I am certainly still learning day by day, but when I can tap into my true self and take stock of how I’m feeling on a vibrational level, I am able to make even better informed decisions when it comes to my health. And that’s freaking empowering!
You may be thinking to yourself that all of this sounds too “woo-woo” for you, and maybe you’re getting ready to stop reading right here. But hear me out. We are made of matter, and all matter has energy- it all emits a vibration. From your spinning atoms, to the water molecules in your cells, and the millions of biochemical reactions taking place within you right now; these tiny shifts mean that you are a vibrant and electrical creature. Your nerves are firing, your muscles are contracting, your brain is thinking thoughts- and all of these things have their own energetic fingerprint. How you feel, act, think, and the image you project into the world is the accumulation of all of these individual fingerprints at any given moment. Pretty cool, huh? And even cooler is the fact that we can harness this idea to support our own body’s healing processes!
If you have been feeling disconnected, overtaxed, or have just been feeling “off” lately, you may be in need of some energetic hygiene. Or if you simply want to feel brighter, more alive, and power up your luminosity, you have to think in terms of raising your vibration. There are many ways to do this, but these are my favorite seven, all of which I currently do and have found tremendous success with.
1. Eat more raw fruits and veggies
Lately, I have found myself being drawn to the raw food lifestyle, which emphasizes tons of raw, fresh produce, nuts and seeds, and a complete absence of processed, cooked, or adulterated food. Since these delicious foods are in their whole and natural state, they contain all the vibrations of the sun, the soil, the water, and all the innate bioavailable compounds that nature intended. I was hesitant to try at first, but once I had a few fully raw meals in me, I actually felt so good it was like being high- I kid you not! You don't have to go 100% raw to reap the benefits- just one raw meal a day is a great start.
2. Cut off toxic people
This one is so incredibly important, especially if you are an empath like me. I pick up all the “stuff” from my environment, and when that environment is filled with pessimistic, narcissistic, and hard-hearted people, I end up feeling worse because of it. Over time, and especially after my divorce, I started weeding out the sources of bad energy in my circle, and I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. We are naturally responsive to the people we surround ourselves with, so be sure that those people support you and nourish you!
3. Clean up your speech
Yes, the words that come out of your mouth have their own vibration, and can have a huge impact on your health. Your words have the power to hurt or to heal, both other people and yourself, so pay extra close attention to your language. How do you talk to yourself? How do you talk about others? Being mindful allows us to make changes to support more encouraging and positive speech, and that can transform your relationships- with yourself, loved ones, acquaintances, and even strangers.
4. Meditate regularly
This works in two ways- by grounding yourself in your own body and experiences, and opening your heart to the world around you. Even just ten minutes of meditation per day can alter your brainwaves, balance your neurochemicals, and sharpen your social skills. Plus, when you regularly include a loving-kindess or metta practice, you can completely shift the way you interact with others, how you handle conflict, and how you think about yourself. Meditation has changed my life, and certainly raised my vibration a few notches- plus, it’s nice to have a little quiet time to look forward to every day.
5. Get enough sleep
I cannot emphasize this one enough- when you allow your brain to relax and recuperate from your day, you encourage a healthy balance of brain chemicals and a more open state of being. When I’ve had a crappy night of sleep, I can certainly feel that my vibration is low the next day, which makes me feel worse and probably isn’t fun for the people around me. Plus, I have a harder time accessing my patience, compassion, and joy when I’m sleep deprived.
6. Practice random acts of kindness
We are all connected on an energetic level, so when you can extend your happiness through little acts of service, we all can benefit. Even doing small and simple things for both strangers and people you know can make you feel amazing, make you feel engaged in your world, and can brighten someone else’s day. Being closed off and too self-concerned does not support your innate healing mechanisms, but reaching out and spreading love certainly does!
7. Invest in energy work
Because the best kind of healing happens on a very deep and subtle level, getting regular energy work is a fantastic way to create a positive shift in your life, no matter what you are trying to achieve. I am lucky to have a wonderful Reiki practitioner and bodyworker I go to, and I have experienced profound shifts under her guidance! Reiki, and other forms of energy work, get to the root of the issue, and help to nourish and support whatever is best for you, allowing you to raise your own vibration, attract healthy relationships, and feel physically better as well.
In order to raise your vibration and heal your life, you need to have the courage and vulnerability to look within you, and really get honest about how you’re feeling and what things feed your soul. Many of you have probably spent time in therapy, writing in a journal, or in meditation already, so you’re ahead of the curve. Realizing you are a luminous, energetic being is the first step to taking control of your life, your health, and your future, and doing these seven things will definitely get you well on your way to feeling vibrant, empowered, and joyful again.
So, dear friends, as always…
~ Hoping you feel as well as possible ~