Most of us have experienced a sluggish run from time to time. We feel like we just cannot get going as we normally do. We feel heavy, we feel we are lacking in energy and there is no physical explanation for it.
What do you do when you feel like this? What works for you? I have used a technique that I find very helpful in these situations. A technique that helps to boost my energy quickly so I can feel normal again.
This technique helps to ignite your energy by connecting to your sacral chakra and breathing into it. If the concept of chakras is new to you, the following description by Anodea Judith in her book, Chakras: Seven Keys to Awakening and Healing the Energy Body explains:
"Chakras are whirling centres of life-force
energy occurring in what is called the energy body or subtle body. They are not
physical in the literal sense–you couldn’t dissect someone on an operating
table and find or replace one of their chakras!–yet they are experienced in the
physical body as a subtle activation of energy in various locations, such as
the heart, belly, or throat."
There are seven main chakras and the sacral chakra is located in the sacrum (belly area just below the belly button). It is associated with our emotions and desires. If it is lacking in energy, we feel sluggish and low in energy.
If we have energetic blocks and imbalances that prevent us from accessing our full vitality, we feel exhausted, unsettled, ill and prone to injuries. We can take control of our energy centers and learn how to work with and optimize our energy system ourselves and revitalize our life force energy. Learn how to: Heal your energy centers.
So how can we fire up this chakra when we are running and feel low in energy? The following exercise has worked for me:
First I imagine that I am able to breathe in fire. I practice this idea for a few breaths. Then I direct the fire into my belly--into my sacral chakra by breathing into my belly.
Placing our awareness on our sacral chakra helps to direct energy into it and imagining that we are breathing fire into it helps to ignite it, which increases the flow of energy that is available to us. This seems to happen very quickly when we set our intention to become more energized by using our breath.
If you become sluggish again, repeat the exercise with a firm intention to increase the energy flow to your belly. You will soon feel better. If you are not familiar with belly breathing, check out this article on How to Belly Breathe.
This technique has worked for me and I am sure it will help you too. Do you have a technique that you use when you need a boost of energy while running? How do you deal with it? Please share in the comments below.
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