Last night as I dozed off to sleep, I forgot to charge my laptop, and this morning, when I turned on my laptop I realized that the battery was low and that it needed to be recharged. As my laptop was getting charged two things struck me: of the 100 % battery how much of it was wasted on sites that were absolutely a waste of time? And that the battery needed to be charged for me to continue to use my laptop. This simple act of charging the batteries of my laptop brought to my mind the truth what we are quite familiar with, but seldom pay attention to; the human mind-body structure has only a certain amount of energy on any given day and that the energy in the body and the mind need to be recharged on a daily basis.
The mind and the body (on a daily basis) does not have an unlimited source of energy. Energy, when used, depletes. Therefore, the need to preserve our daily dose of energy. How do we daily spend our energy and what do we spend our energy on? Energy, in itself is neutral, and so whether we use it positively or negatively, it expends. Unnecessary time spent on social media, gossip, disproportionate time spent on TV, video games, unhealthy food habits, lack of sleep, surrounding ourselves with negative forces and people who are constantly negative, judgmental, critical, fault finding… these and similar forces will definitely dissipate our energy. Negative emotions like fear, worry, anger, hatred, resentment, jealousy, envy, lust… negative states of mind and continuous harboring of negative thoughts will surely exhaust our energy as well.
The first thing is to be aware where our energy is being directed. What and who consumes our limited source of energy and then to avoid all those negative occasions, events, and people who dissipate our energy and leave us both mentally and physically exhausted. We should be mindful that we only have a limited source of energy and that using it should be positively beneficial both for us and others.
Secondly, we need to renew our energy on a daily basis. The body needs proper rest, sufficient hours of sleep, and healthy food habits. So too the mind and the heart. The saying of Jesus, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while” (Mark 6:31) is so apt and true. Literally he invites us to rest in and with Him. Isn’t that what prayer is? Prayer renews our energy from and in the Lord. It’s a call to “Be still...”
Along with a life of prayer, seek the company of good, holy, and spiritual people. When we are in their presence not only do we receive their good energy, but also our own energies get transformed. A woman who was afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years, but when she touched the cloak of Jesus, she was healed (Mark 5:25). When an unlit match stick is brought near a lit match stick it catches fire, so too when we are in the company of holy people our energies are transformed.
Develop the habit of reading good books; it does boost our energy. Through a life of discipline and practice learn to do everything in moderation. Do not satiate your energy on things unhealthy and un-holistic and always remember that we only have a limited source of energy for a given day. Use it for the glory of God.
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