How to Create a Joyful,
Energetic Body Starting Today
from our Angel Messenger Creative Team
A hundred years ago, it would have been difficult to talk about having a joyful body. After all, joy is an emotion, and back then, there was a sharp dichotomy between the body and the mind. Fortunately, we now know that the mind-body connection is real and that what happens in the mind affects the body, and vice versa.
This means that joy isn’t just an emotional experience – it’s something the body can take part in, too. But why is it so important to create a joyful, energetic body, and how does it support a blissful living experience?
What science says about the mind-body connection
There are two scientific fields that help to explain how the mind and body are so intricately connected.
Epigenetics is a relatively new scientific field. It teaches that your thoughts and motions can influence your genes. In other words, your genetic makeup isn’t set in stone. You can influence it with your mind. Talk about mind power!
Then, there’s a characteristic of the brain called neuroplasticity. And this is the brain’s ability to change its structure based on your behavior, and that includes your thoughts.
Therefore, your ideas, beliefs, and thoughts can go above your genetics and influence them, and also change your brain’s structure. So, it’s safe to say that you have a lot of power when it comes to your body and mind.
So, why not use this power to create positive, joyful experiences for yourself?
What is a joyful, energetic body?
Spiritual teacher, Deepak Chopra, M.D., identifies four intentions that he tries to live by, and the first one is to have a “joyful, energetic body”. But what does that mean for Chopra?
He explains that “I don’t do anything to hurt my body. I’m doing yoga, eating a plant-based diet, and walking 10,000 steps a day. Avoid toxins: That means a toxic environment but also toxic people and toxic jobs – anything that brings illness into the body.”
From Chopra’s example, you can create a joyful, energetic body by doing the following three things:
- Move your body in life-supportive ways
- Eat a diet that supports your specific bio-individuality and nutritional needs
- Avoid toxins
So, let’s dive into each of these steps to better understand why they can create a joyful body.
Move your body
If there’s one thing the sedentary lifestyle has taught us, it’s this: the body is meant to move. Too much physical inactivity is incredibly detrimental to physical health, and it can lead to problems like cardiovascular disease, weight gain, diabetes and even some forms of cancer.
And while we can look at these health problems as merely health issues, if we do that, we miss something very important: you are not separate from your physical self. And when your physical body suffers, you do, too. And so begins a vicious cycle.
So, that’s why it’s so important to move your body frequently, and in ways that bring you joy. Here are some wonderful ways to give your body what it desperately needs: movement.
The marriage of movement and art comes together in dancing. And research shows that it helps both mental and physical health. For example, dancing can increase energy levels and uplift mood, while also lowering stress.
Dancing can also help to maintain and improve the brain’s white matter – a connective tissue in the brain that degenerates with age.
What’s more, the combination of movement and sound is also believed to open and strengthen the seven chakras. This, in turn, can lead to a greater flow of energy throughout the body and connect you to Source.
Some people practice yoga solely for it’s physical and mental health benefits. There are many wonderful health benefits attributed to yoga, including strengthening the immune and nervous system, as well as strengthening, detoxing and stretching the body.
However, yoga can also increase mindfulness and peace, and be a part of a spiritual practice, too. In fact, many yoga sequences imitate life, by beginning with birth, moving through experience, and finally ending in a resting pose, to mimic death.
However, you choose to approach yoga, mindful breathing, and mindful postures come together to increase prana or energy throughout the body.
According to Chopra, “The best way to get rid of tiredness is to move.” And walking is the most basic way to move your body. So, whenever possible, look for ways to fit more steps into your day.
The founder of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, shares that “When I was living in Los Angeles, I discovered that I came up with many of my best ideas when I was hiking. And whenever I could, I would schedule hikes instead of sit-down meetings, with both my friends and HuffPost editors.”
But Huffington isn’t the only one acknowledging the psychological benefits of walking. In fact, for some people, it can help to lift depression.
Tai chi and Qi Gong
Tai chi is sometimes referred to as “meditation in motion”, and according to Harvard Medical School, “there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice…has value in treating or preventing many health problems.”
Tai chi has its roots in Chinese philosophy, and it’s believed to unblock and encourage the flow of energy, or “qi” throughout the body.
Qi Gong is another ancient Chinese mind-body practice. And it, too, can increase the flow of “qi” in the body. According to the National Qigong Association, “it enhances our ability to feel the Life Force underlying the physical world and to deepen our communication with it.”
Of course, these are only five ways to move your body to increase energy and joy. The most important thing is to find one that resonates with you.
Diets that help create a joyful, energetic body
Eating to support your mind and body is another important factor to take into consideration if you want to create a joyful, energetic body.
After all, if you consume foods that you’re allergic or sensitive to, you will have a negative experience, and this can compromise your health and in some cases, your mood. But when it comes to diet, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.
Everyone has their own bio-individuality. That is, everybody has their own specific nutrient needs. Some people thrive on a plant-based diet, while others do need some form of animal-based protein and fat to be their best selves.
However, there are several foods, which most experts agree are not great for you. And eating these foods regularly and frequently can lead to inflammation. And chronic inflammation is believed to be one of the root causes of disease.
What are these inflammatory foods to avoid or limit? Sugar, gluten, dairy, and soy are common offenders. Not everyone is allergic or sensitive to these foods. However, if they trigger disturbances in your mental and physical health, consider switching your diet so that it lifts you up, rather than brings you down.
Working with a health coach can help you determine a diet that’s right for you and your own specific needs.
And while diet doesn’t sound very spiritual or energetic, the truth is, what you consume interacts with your own physical body. And learning to nourish your body with optimal foods will help you live with more levity and ease – yes, even with greater joy and a higher vibrational frequency.
How to avoid toxins for a joyful, energetic body
Toxins can interfere with physical, mental and psychological well-being. So, it’s a good idea to limit or avoid them whenever you can. This will help your body thrive.
How to eliminate environmental toxins
Physical toxins are widespread. They can be found in cosmetic and household products. They can also be found in food, thanks to the chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics added to plant and animal food sources. The Environmental Working Group has a website, called Skin Deep to show the level of toxins in cosmetics by brand.
When the body is continually exposed to toxins, it can compromise health and wellness, and even lead to some pretty serious illnesses. And you could definitely drive yourself crazy if you try to avoid them all at once.
So, just make a point to avoid toxins whenever and wherever you can. Consider starting small, with simple steps you can commit to, this can prevent overwhelm in the long run.
For example, consider replacing one cosmetic product at a time. Or, one household cleaning product at a time. You can also take a closer look at your diet to see which foods might be a source of hidden toxins and see if you can find a better alternative.
How to eliminate toxic people and relationships
You can avoid and eliminate environmental toxins from your lifestyle. But it won’t do much good if your mind is clouded with negativity.
Many scientists now say that both negative thoughts and emotions can prevent the central nervous system and the brain from sending important signals throughout the body. And this can interfere with sleep, memory and the immune system.
Over time, this can lead to more serious health concerns. Negative thoughts decrease your energetic frequency and create emotions that are anything but joyful.
But it’s not just your inner thoughts that can be a powerful source of negativity. People can be toxic, too.
But you can’t toss people out the same way you would toss a toxic household cleaning product. So, what are you supposed to do? Here are some ways deal with toxic people:
Gossip is an easy way to unite with another person by speaking unkindly about someone else. But gossip is a poisonous habit, and it usually doesn’t do anyone any good. So, make a conscious effort to eliminate gossip from your conversations. Instead, try to focus on the good in people.
Boundaries sometimes seem like a mean and divisive thing to do. But look at them from a different perspective. In the words of researcher and bestselling author, Brené Brown, boundaries are actually a very generous thing. Here’s why.
Brown says that “boundaries are what’s okay and what’s not okay.” And when you make it clear on what’s okay with you (or not), you help others treat you with the love and respect you need and deserve. In other words, boundaries are a way to show you and the other person self-respect.
Sometimes, if you have negative thoughts and emotions, you bottle them up inside. But it’s so important to process and express these emotions so they don’t lie dormant in the body. A good way to process your negative emotions is through journaling. It gets things out of your head and out onto paper, making it possible for you to clear your mind and maybe see things for what they are.
A sage smudge stick is another powerful way to purge your atmosphere of negativity. You can also say a clearing prayer or mantra to help dispel the negative energy surrounding you – especially after spending time with negative people.
Empath cleaning techniques
Empaths can be incredibly sensitive to negative energy, and it can be overwhelming and debilitating. There are many powerful clearing practices for empaths, but a very simple one is to cut the energetic chord between you and the negative person. This can free you from feeling attached, pull down or dragged along by their negative energy.
Replace negative people with positive people
You can’t always avoid and replace certain individuals from your life. But with boundaries and personal decisions, you can decide just how much, and in what way, you interact with them. So if you don’t have many people available personally, “get to know” thought leaders and spiritual teachers who can have a massive influence on your life. You can look for books, podcasts, and interviews with people like Deepak Chopra, Mother Teresa, Tim Ferriss, Louise Hays, Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chödrön, Tony Robbins, and many others. This, too, can be a great way to “spend time” with positive people.
But another great way to support an energetic and healthy body is to fill your life with positive people. And if you don’t have many people available personally, “get to know” thought leaders and spiritual teachers who can have a massive influence on your life.
You can look for books, podcasts, and interviews with people like Deepak Chopra, Mother Teresa, Tim Ferriss, Louise Hays, Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chödrön, Tony Robbins, and many others. This, too, can be a great way to “spend time” with positive people.
How to eliminate toxic content from your life
Finally, it’s very easy to consume an exorbitant amount of toxic content from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. Why?
Thanks to online platforms, so much of what we see is negative and divisive. What makes it worse, marketing campaigns often use fear and scarcity mindset to keep you clicking for more.
Social media doesn’t help either. It can increase feelings of loneliness, depression, and inadequacy. And all of these experiences can lower your energetic frequency, remove joy from your life, and also impact your body.
How can you counteract this? Here are some simple tactics:
- Limit social media time
- Limit online time
- Unsubscribe to newsletters and companies who distract and increase fear and other negative emotions
- Unfollow people who trigger negative emotions, and work to address those feelings
- Actively seek out positive companies that offer uplifting content
- Read content that excites you in a positive way
- Make time to meditate
Your body and your mind are so intricately connected. And when you chose to move your body, feed your body and remove toxins from your daily experience, you get to create a joyful, energetic body that carries you through life – and maybe even add a little skip to your step.
Much Love & Angel Blessings,
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