Often the trials and travails of life tend to cause us to dam up the flow until the pressure builds sufficiently that we cannot stand it anymore. Then the dam blows and a tidal wave of emotion and energy surges through us, threatening to overwhelm us. And some of us actually begin to thrive on this vacillation of energy, whether it be through sports, drama or addictions, it is easy for us to get sucked into the extremes of excessive activity followed by sickness, fatigue or depression.
But today I saw that by taking time to simply bring our attention to this life force energy we can begin to open the levy in small increments, as if turning on a faucet. Our bodies and minds can become acclimated to the increased flow without the drama of the extreme fluctuations. For as exhilarating as it can be to have profound breakthroughs and blissful highs, we often come crashing down in their wake only to find ourselves struggling even harder than before to reach new heights.
The exercises offered in the anxiety self-help section are designed to help gently open this flow of life energy, this river that not only flows through us, but is us, flowing through the world. For ultimately this flow of life is the Grace of God itself. Yet the exercises can only go so far if our thoughts are still bound up in fearful beliefs and limiting conditioning. So giving one's mind regular time-outs to pause from the constant deluge of thoughts is also required to nurture this open flow. For our bodies respond to our thoughts, just as the world does, and just as God or Divine Source does. So today let us begin this new year of 2013 by attending to this flow of life that we all are and encouraging it to flow freely without the little mind's need to limit and control it.