The tricky thing about stagnation is that it’s sneaky. One day we do something new, say oatmeal for breakfast. Yum. So we do it again the next day. Then the next. Pretty soon it might be two years later and we are still having that same oatmeal for breakfast. Or the same toast and jam with coffee. Or the same…whatever it is.
And we love it. The routine. The predictability. But, the thing that one day was new, becomes a habit and that breeds stagnation. Our energy gets stuck in a patterned way of being and it stops circulating.
I see this frequently when people mention they are in a food rut. However, this can happen in every area of life. A person we are just going through the motions with. Our 20 year yoga or meditation practice that never changes. Wine every evening after work. we get stuck. It happens.
Circulation of energy creates health. Stagnation is like a mucky pool of gross water. No nutrients, physical or non-physical can circulate through there to keep tissues healthy and our being fresh and alive.
I look back on my life and can see that all the times I have moved, tried new jobs, sought out new groups and new friends, took a different route while walking, were all efforts to increase circulation of energy and clear stagnation. I can also see times when I have been stuck and how it took years to get free of some patterns. I still work on it.
I want to share a video and a book I found recently that offer clear insight and support for getting out of a rut and creating waves of fresh energy and movement in our lives. You can also check out my post on Releasing Habits.
This video is an hour and a half long and well worth the time. Sometimes I listen to his videos while cooking. He is also fun to watch. Do whatever makes sense for you. Please take the time to watch it. I highly recommend it.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Any kind of clutter, whether in our physical environment, within our bodies, our relationships or elsewhere, blocks the flow of energy. This book is a gem at helping us go through everything systematically and choose only those items that spark joy. It may sound harsh, but I suggest we do the same thing with our relationships as well.
Spring is a great time of year to bring fresh energy into your life. The plants are waking. The energy of new growth is all around us. There is a reason for the concept of spring cleaning. Clear out your cobwebs!
Let me know in the comments if you have any reflections. Please make a decision to do something brand new today. Get your energy circulating. Your body and spirit thank you.