“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.” ~ Fulton Oursle

Monday, July 30, 2012

More on Restoration

"When we are tired, defeated, and dispirited, it is not necessary to languish in this condition. Turn the faculty of your attention to some nobler dream or aspiration within you. Bestow upon this the full measure of available energy, and experience rest and refreshment. We are not tired because we serve the laws of the universe; rather we are exhausted because we try to live well without fully maturing the soul. We all have many things to attend to, but let us never be so busy that we neglect the integration of the inner life."
- Manly P. Hall

We all live in a fast paced world that keeps on changing daily, and not always for the better. In the midst of technology that is supposed to be making our lives easier, we are more stressed out than ever and have less time on our hands. It should come as no surprise that we all feel like we are running on empty- ladling coffee and energy drinks down our throats just to keep up and make it through the day. We rarely feel truly refreshed and natural energy is severely lacking. We all know how hard we tend to run our cell phones, with batteries that barely hold a charge for more than a day, if that. I know my Iphone has to be charged at least once a day. I have an obtuse obsession for checking myphone every 2.3 seconds for the latest Facebook comment on a thread, incessant texting and snapping photos with Instagram. With all that draining the battery, we would be fools to believe that our phones would not need to be charged. On the same note, we are definitely FOOLS to believe that we can continue the way we are going without recharging our battery, so to speak.  Something has to give. Dedicate a few minutes a day to recharging your energy and your mind.

          The spirit cannot function at an optimum level of efficiency if it is constantly running on low energy vibes. Find something that works for you. There is no one right answer. If you are religious, pray. If you are spiritual, meditate. If you are none of the above, clear your mind for a few moments and take a deep breath. Regroup your thoughts, have appreciation for the good things in your life and set a positive intention for the day. There needs to be some sort of checkpoint where you return to for a positive reinforcement, whatever that may be to you. A few brief moments of centering and focusing your thoughts can give you just the charge you need to take on whatever life throws at you. There is too much take in the environment around us, and not enough giving back to recharge us, a huge lack or self-restoration. Participate in a few moments of restoration a day, it is one of the few expended energies that will give back to you.

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