Living a green life where we honor the fact that natural resources are not to be wasted is, thankfully, becoming the norm. For most of us, it is a natural thing to turn off the light in a room no one is using, separate our trash for the neighborhood recycling program and support other smart ecological programs.
The green movement was very much a grass roots effort that began with individuals recognizing it started with them. So let’s start with you…are you applying these same principles to how you are living your life? Do you give the same respect to your personal life energy as you do to concerns over the decreasing availability of fossil fuels? How are you using your own energy? How can you practice self-ecology?
What if you began to think about your energy as being like money in a bank account? The only way you increase the dollars is to invest money into the account. When I salsa dance, get a massage or enjoy lunch with a friend, I add to my energetic bank account. Witnessing one of my clients have a breakthrough also equals a deposit in my energy account because I value being able to make a difference for others. Each person will have their own sense of what brings new energy into their life. Identify what that is for you and begin to include regular doses in your week. It’s a great self-investment and will increase your longevity to achieve goals and your ability to be there for others. (Check out my blog on More Tips ‘n Tools for Caregivers for more on this or you can buy my low priced eBook, Self Care Isn’t SELF-ish here on Amazon for only $4.99.)
The other aspect to banking is withdrawals. Each time you take money from your account, you are reducing the available balance. Becoming more aware of how you are expending your energy will help you make wiser choices and create priorities. If you find drama drains you, take time to evaluate how you are choosing to participate in those situations. Is there a way to engage without getting drawn into unnecessary drama? Check your relationships to see if they are two way street situations where you are not only giving support and time but also receiving it in return. If you are in a job you hate, you are definitely withdrawing from your energy bank every day you continue living that scenario. Find a way to resolve what’s not working or get real about making a change.
Begin to practice self-ecology with your own personal energy and respect it just as we now have learned to respect our exterior environment. It is never too late to begin live green in your own internal life!