Posted in Self-Nurture

Floodlight or Laser?

It’s obvious that I have to address the issue of energy since I’ve had three conversations in the past three days about this very topic.  I’m not talking about energy we use to heat our homes or fuel our vehicles, but the internal energy we tap into every day to make a difference in the world. 

 We live in a culture that is fix-it oriented.  Many are looking for the next book, the next lecture, television program or guru who will save us from ourselves.  Is it really possible to be saved from yourself?  Finding the solution becomes the holy grail and many will begin their journey and end their journey in the same way, questioning and unfulfilled.  It’s difficult to get to the oil if you don’t dig deep enough in the earth, the same is true for finding the oil deep in your core…you have to dig deep.

Listening to my clients I believe they have the best of intentions as they practice yoga, hire personal trainers, take Reiki lessons, engage in artistic endeavors and yet they aren’t experiencing the peace that calls them.  What if we limited the number of “practices” we engaged in so that the effort and energy we exerted became more powerful to dig down into the core of our being.  I know that with so many options it may be difficult to pick, but the practice you choose should be something you’ll do and won’t compromise for any other activity. 

The other important part of this laser approach is having a good teacher.  Time often dictates our actions so many on this journey are following along on a DVD and imitating the person on the television.  The problem with that is the isolation that comes with this type of practice.  Having a teacher who will guide you, share their philosophy and open portals to your own deeper meaning can only come from practicing in person with others.  That’s part of the sacrifice we have to make to reach the depths of our soul.

How will you begin or deepen your practice?  What does having a practice mean to you?  What are you willing to sacrifice to reach the depths of your soul?  Who will be your teacher?  The teacher is living proof that it’s possible to come out the other side stronger, more aware and more alive!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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