Can you think of someone who is infectiously happy? Someone who simply radiates joy? Just being around that person lifts your spirits. Maybe you can also think of someone who seems to carry a dark cloud wherever they go. Their contentiousness and unresolved anger are always about to boil over on the next hapless person who disagrees with them or just looks at them the “wrong way.” This person may leave you feeling heavy and dull.
As described above, our energy ripples out and affects other people. The energy of other people also affects us. The vibration of each individual contributes to the energetic environment of the world in which we live.
Your vibration is the frequency of the energy of your being on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. So, it matters what goes into your body (health or junk food), mind (positive or negative thoughts), emotions (love or fear based) and spirit (connection or disconnection). Eating wholesome food, thinking uplifting thoughts, releasing heavy emotions, and deepening your spiritual connection lift your vibration.
Right thinking is key, because thoughts fuel emotion. Some thoughts produce feelings of love, joy and empathy. These high vibration emotions empower us. Other thoughts feed fear, shame and judgment. These low vibration emotions weaken us.
As you go about your day, there may be many things that can drain your energy and lower your vibration. Is it possible that dense heavy vibrations are more contagious than the common cold? If you work in a stressful or toxic environment, how often do you go home at the end of the day feeling drained? Does the drumbeat of negativity on the television news leave you fearful, if you don’t balance it with something uplifting? The more we engage in the world, the more we have to make a constant effort to stay positive and centered within our basic goodness and light.
Remember to ground, center, and restore your energy regularly. Here are few ways to raise your vibration.
- Practice Gratitude. Gratitude is a very high vibration. Come into your heart center, think of something for which you are thankful and feel the energy of gratitude. Breathe into your heart and hold that energy. Try this practice when you wake up in the morning and hold the energy of gratitude for 2 minutes
- Sing. Sing in the shower. Sing in you car. Sing out loud. Try this: If you arrive home from work exhausted, instead of depositing yourself on the couch in front of the television, play about five of your favorite upbeat songs (no sad unrequited love songs, please) and sing along.
- Dance or Movement of any kind. Get up from your computer, put on some music with a lively beat and dance around. You can also run, walk, bike, practice yoga, qi gong, or whatever. Movement helps to get your energy flowing, so your life force energy doesn’t get stuck and stagnate. It will also get you out of your head and back into your body. If you pay attention to your breath, then movement becomes meditation. Of course, your mindset is important. Don’t go for an angry run. Set the intention to let go of your day and enjoy yourself. You deserve it! Try dancing right now to Pharrell William’s Happy song
- Laugh. You’ve heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” That’s because humor will lighten up your vibration. Try to find the humor in any situation. Watch a funny movie, or some standup comedy video on YouTube.
- Meditate. The practice of meditation takes your mind out of its usual groove. With focused attention on an object of meditation (usually the breath or a mantra), the flow of unwanted thoughts diminishes. This allows your vibration to rise.
- Spend time in nature. Connect physically and energetically with the healing vibration of the earth to ground and energize yourself. Studies have shown that spending time in nature makes people feel more alive and reduces stress, stress-related disease, and enhances immunity.