According to WHO (the World Health Organization), mental health is: “… a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Thanks to my experience, I have come to better understand my own strength. Now I do not mean my ability (or lack there of) to bench press a certain weight. What I am referring to is my self-worth, my ability to stand tall, firmly rooted in my own knowledge and experience, knowing my place in my community and the world at large. So, I suppose you could say I meet the definition set by the World Health Organization!
However, it wasn’t something that happened immediately after those who were responsible for the attack left the building. The effects of that altercation lingered, unbeknownst to me, for some time. Those energies that burst forth, which I attribute most likely to the deeper bodywork received during class time, not only had effects on me personally – those energies had effects on the entire building (and most likely all of the individuals who work and live there).
“Because energy capacity diminishes both with overuse and with underuse, we must balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal. positive energy rituals – highly specific routines for managing energy – are the key to full engagement and sustained high performance.” (The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.)
You may be asking … “So, how did you deal with the energies which lingered?” Honestly, initially I shut things down. I knew things had been disturbed and it was best to create some boundaries and go inward to heal. At the beginning I was not as aware of the building effects. I was too shocked in my personal space in order to pay much attention to anything else. And I needed to take time away from my practice to heal and renew myself. However, once my body’s energy centers were cleared and balanced I was able to objectively stand aside and truly see what was going on in the wellness center and the building. Then, and only then, I knew what had to be done.
As noted above in the excerpt from the book; I took action to clean, clear and do what I needed to do for my fellow practitioners, the building residents, my future clients and myself by enlisting energetic rituals in order to promote, enhance and maintain the healing energy found within our wellness center.
This is just one example of “Energy” and how … as I stated at the beginning of this three part blog … Energy, it can be quite powerful.