As physical bodies, we have definate boundaries. I stop here and you start there. But what most of us cannot see is a series of energetic bodies that exist within and/or around each of us. As we move through our day, our energy bodies overlap with other people's energy bodies. If someone you come in contact with is emotionally depleted, angry, depressed, etc., that person may unconsciously pull energy from you. (Have you ever had the experience of being in a great mood only to feel exhausted or upset after spending time with someone who leaves feeling "much better"?)
Some people are born resilient. They have naturally robust boundaries and are less prone to being affected by that which exists outside of them. The rest of us are naturally more sensitive and more vulnerable to being swayed energetically. When we hear sad news, our mood dips. When our spouse is grumpy, we take it personally.
The good news is that it's possible to learn how to shore ourselves up energetically so that we're not at the mercy of the world around us. Through simple balancing, grounding, shielding, and clearing practices we can achieve and maintain stronger boundaries while actually increasing our ability to be present in our own lives and enjoy our interactions with people and our environment.
A few weeks ago we discussed the importance of finding balance and how we can create that in our lives. Over the next three weeks we will explore the fundamentals of grounding, shielding and clearing (or releasing) energy.
This week I ask you to become aware of how you are affected by the people, places, and situations you come in contact with. You might want to pull out your journal use it to help you understand the relationship between where you've been and how you are feeling. Some emotions and thoughts originate within us, while others come from without.