Energy is the one of the most important and powerful resources that we possess as human beings. When depleted of essential energy, we can become depressed, overwhelmed, and have a lowered resistance to illness. This is why there is no time like the present to begin working on the most important bank account in your life – your Energy Bank. This metaphor, equating energy with funds in a bank account, has been around for many years. This concept is a powerful tool to utilise in beginning to live a more conscious life and here’s how it works.
Every morning after a decent sleep, we wake up with a full complement of “credit” in our Energy Bank account. Depending on the approach we take towards the issues that arise during the next 12 hours, we can look back at the end of the day and find ourselves either reduced to a debt status (exhaustion), or in a surplus position, with compounding interest, high energy, optimism, and well-being.
Factors that make the difference between energy debt and surplus include awareness of negative self-talk, interpreting events in terms of scarcity rather than abundance, comparing the “achievements” of others against our own (envy, jealousy), reactivity, taking stress personally, allowing personal boundary violations, immersing in strong negative emotions, getting involved with toxic or difficult people, and so on.
Are we taking personally the comments and attitudes of others? Are we fear-based, and always expecting the “other shoe to drop”? Are we around people who are very frustrating and draining? Do we have expectations of others and of situations, only to find ourselves continually disappointed? What are our default emotions that we call upon to meet daily situations and setbacks?
The first step is to take out our internal “energy Geiger Counter” and start to see which situations, activities, and people enhance our energies, and which do not. By taking the following preliminary steps, you can start to take control of your own energy bank account.
Filter every scarcity statement that comes into your mind (like an email program filters spam), and re-state it as an affirmation expressing abundance. Monitor the difference in how it feels. Usually, there will be a noticeable relaxation, an open space compared to the usual tightly, contracted, negative feeling. Don’t let your mind tell you that it isn’t “realistic”. For instance, even if you have a project due, where it seems like there is a scarcity of time to complete it, by saying to yourself “There is more than enough time”, you can take away the panic aspect, and do a much better job in utilising the time you do have.
Make a list of things you already know that enhance your energy. They could include taking a run, , meeting with certain people, taking time to read favourite authors, listening to certain kinds of music and even watching a favourite TV show or going to a movie.
Make another list of things that tend to drain your energy. Are certain people in your life draining your energy bank account? Usually, so many of our closest relationships can have this effect, but once we become aware of who the people are, we can initiate changes by examining closely what causes the energy depletions and then setting closely guarded boundaries.
There are many more strategies that will be covered in the future about energy banking, but right now; these first steps represent the initial assessment phase. By doing this analysis, we often start to find that we have been living unconsciously, sleepwalking through the habits of a lifetime. Maybe, in the past, we have felt resigned to the fact that this energy depletion and way of living is “just the way it is”. Ironically, we ourselves often initiate and reinforce the energy-depleting factors in our lives. With examination into the things that cause energy leaks in our accounts (unexpected bank charges, “ACH”-style withdrawals that we once allowed, and more), we can take charge of our energy bank. This simple process, starting with the initial assessment mentioned above, can be life-changing.