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Energy is a factor that many people perceive as an issue in life. Often we feel that there just isn’t enough of it to do what we need to do for ourselves and our loved ones.  While not always a simple matter due to habits, external influences and demands, as well as health issues we may be dealing with, a good strategy is to think of conserving and storing energy rather than wasting it.

How we are living our lives is reflected to a degree in this energy equation. Do we take the time for the nutritious food and regular exercise needed to get us through the long days?  Do we get sufficient rest?  Possibly as important, how do we feel about what we do every day and what we spend our energy on?

Often when we have a genuine sense of service to our families, our place of work or at our place of worship, we tap into

a pool of energy that is generally not available to us when we put more focus on our struggles to survive.  Meaningful relationships empower us and give us ‘juice’.   When we are out of touch with key relationships and there is too much  of a gap between what is important to us and what we actually do, what tends to arise is disempowerment and with it a corresponding loss of energy.

One way to ‘audit our energy expenditure’ is to examine some basic areas of life such as time.  To evaluate your current use of time, write down three ways that you used time productively today.  Now write down three ways that you remember wasting time today.

Do you see any discrepancy between the two lists that is not in alignment with how you want to live your life?   This will translate into an energy drain.

Other areas to evaluate in a similar way are money and food.  How have you spent money thoughtlessly or productively?  Have you fed yourself nutritiously or with junk?

You can also pay attention to the internal conversations you have with yourself, which much of the time we aren’t even aware of.  Next time you find yourself having a negative talk with yourself, you’ll be able to pinpoint a loss of energy in the moment and reverse it.

Impressions are another area to consider.  For example, when was the last time you watched TV?  When you did, did you relax with an action movie or a sitcom or did you watch something educational and inspiring?  If the former, while this may have been enjoyable to some extent, it probably did not energize you.  What we allow into our field of perception can enhance or deplete our energy and with it our experience of quality of life.

What are three habits you could alter to save energy?